Steve Gansey

By Vinessa Needham | November 14, 2016


2016-17 marks Gansey’s second consecutive season as the Mad Ants head coach. The Indiana Pacers named Gansey Head Coach following the purchase of the team in August of 2015.

Entering his eighth season in a coaching role, Gansey’s career with the Mad Ants began back in 2009-10 when he served as one of the team’s basketball interns. He has served as assistant coach in three season with the Ants including a interim head coaching position in 2011-12.

Gansey served a vital role in the development of Mad Ants players such Ron Howard, Darnell Lazare, Rob Kurz and the 2013 D-League Rookie of the Year Tony Mitchell. He also aided the team in earning not only their first playoff berth in franchise history, but later their first NBA D-League Championship in 2014. During his time with Fort Wayne, Gansey has coached under Duane Ticknor, Joey Meyer and Conner Henry.

Gansey also made a one year stint as an Associate Head Coach with the D-League Canton Charge during the 2014-15 season, where he also served in a support role, assisting in practices and workouts for the Cleveland Cavaliers during their postseason run after Canton was eliminated from the D-League postseason.

Prior to his coaching experiences in the NBA Development League, Gansey helped as an assistant coach/support staff for the USA U19 National Basketball Team where he worked with players such as Stephen Curry, DeAndre Jordan and Tyreke Evans.

Gansey’s college playing career began at Cleveland State, where he played for head coach Mike Garland, who now serves under Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. He then concluded his collegiate basketball career at Ashland University.

Gansey is on the hunt to bring a second championship to Fort Wayne for their 10th year anniversary this season.