Bulls first female coach Karen Stack-Umlauf making history


This is a very interesting story. After a stellar college career at Northwestern University and a short run in professional basketball, Karen Stack-Umlauf came home to a dream job with the Chicago Bulls. She started in the team’s marketing department but then was stolen away by general manager Jerry Krause for a coveted spot in basketball administration. “He really valued having a sounding board,” Stack-Umlauf said. Stack-Umlauf was an integral part of the franchise during the Bulls championship run and has remained so since. But when Krause, her mentor, died in 2017, it prompted a personal reassessment of her duties within the organization.


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