Ghanaian-American Ohemaa Nyanin Named General Manager of WNBA Golden State

The WNBA Golden State team’s new general manager is Ohemaa Nyanin. Nyanin, who formerly played for the New York Liberty, will begin her tenure with the WNBA Golden State on May 13, the franchise said on Monday.

Her responsibilities as general manager include directing all basketball operations, and she will report to Warriors co-executive chairman and CEO Joe Lacob. Last October, the WNBA announced that it will establish a 13th team in the Bay Area, which eventually went to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.

“Ohemaa is the perfect fit to lead our WNBA basketball operations as we prepare for our inaugural season in 2025,” Lacob, the CEO of the Warriors, said. “As we progressed through the GM recruiting process, it became increasingly clear how amazing and knowledgeable Ohemaa is in all aspects of the business and as a person. She has extensive experience of the WNBA and the worldwide women’s basketball landscape from her stint with the Liberty and USA Basketball. She also has a tremendous desire to foster a positive atmosphere and, eventually, win basketball games. We are happy to welcome her to the Golden State.”

Nyanin had a variety of positions with the New York Liberty throughout a five-year span, most recently serving as the team’s assistant general manager.

“I am truly honored to be chosen as the first general manager of WNBA Golden State,” Nyanin stated. “Throughout the interview process, it was evident that bringing a WNBA club to the Bay Area was well-thought-out, and individuals engaged are driven changemakers who will take the initiative to promote the league. I am excited to join this franchise and construct the competitive basketball team that the fans deserve.”

Prior to joining Liberty, Nyanin was the assistant director of USA Basketball’s women’s national team, where she helped the squad win gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2018 World Cup in Spain, according to The Associated Press.

Nyanin joins WNBA Golden State president Jess Smith in greeting the league’s 13th club.

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