Steve Gansey

By Vinessa Needham | November 14, 2016

2018-19 marked Gansey’s fourth consecutive season as the Mad Ants head coach. The Indiana Pacers named Gansey Head Coach following the purchase of the team in August 2015.

During his fourth season in Fort Wayne, Gansey notched his 100th career win since taking over as head coach.

The Indiana Pacers called upon Gansey after his third season to coach the Pacers at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

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 seasons with the Mad Ants including an 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  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.

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.