It was her only season at the school. In 1997, she was named the head coach of the U.S. national team, a group she led to Olympic gold in 2000. That led to a position as coach and general manager of the WNBA’s expansion Indiana Fever. She held the job through the 2003 season before resigning after the Fever missed the playoffs. She had a 42-56 record.
In 2004, she was hired at Auburn to succeed the legendary Joe Ciampi. Fortner coached the Tigers for eight seasons, winning the SEC regular-season title in 2009. She made the NCAA tournament twice in eight seasons and resigned at the end of her final season, her third with a losing record at the school.
In statements collected by the school, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, whose team won its third national championship on Sunday, called the hire “a grand slam.” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley, who played for Fortner on the 2000 Olympic team, said that Fortner “brings positivity, energy and experience at the highest level that her student-athletes will enjoy and embrace.”