A look inside Caitlin Clark and Connor McCaffery’s winning romance – NBC Chicago

Originally published on E! Online

Caitlin Clark and Connor McCaffery are a match made on the basketball court.

After all, the couple not only played for the University of Iowa, but they each expanded their passion for the sport into a career.

On April 15, Clark – who holds the NCAA record for overall leading scorer in Division I basketball – was named the WNBA’s first draft pick, signing a four-year contract with the Indiana Fever.

“This is a dream come true,” she said during her first press conference with the team. “I can’t think of a better place for myself to start my career, a place that loves basketball, supports women’s basketball and an organization that really does things the right way and has championship status.”

Meanwhile, McCaffery – who graduated last year with the second-best assist-to-turnover ratio in NCAA history – now works as a team assistant for the Indiana Pacers with the goal of eventually becoming a coach.

“It’s kind of all hands on deck,” he told the Des Moines Register in a 2023 interview, “whatever is asked of you, be ready for it.”

Stars playing basketball

And while he acknowledges it’s an “entry-level job,” McCaffery, 25, said he understands the importance of patience and hard work.

“It’s a way to get in,” he explained. “You have to work hard and work your way up.”

But when he’s not helping coach the Pacers, McCaffery acts as Clark’s biggest cheerleader.

“With everything you have already accomplished, there is so much more in store for you and your special self,” he wrote to Clark in a January Instagram post in honor of her 22nd birthday. “I admire you in every way and I love you.”

Caitlin Clark has left a lasting legacy in women’s basketball, but now that she’s entering the WNBA, how will she transition and make an impact at the next level? Khristina Williams, founder of ‘Girls Talk Sports TV’, and Phoenix Mercury guard Sophie Cunningham weigh in.