The San Antonio Spurs announced today that they have named Becky Hammon assistant coach. Hammon will now become the second woman to be named an assistant coach in the NBA.
The first female assistant coach in the NBA was Lisa Boyer although she wasn’t full time as described by CBS Sports:
“Lisa Boyer was a “volunteer assistant coach” on John Lucas’ coaching staff for the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2002. Boyer participated in the home practices and was on the side next to assistant Chuck Person for all of the Cavs’ home games, but did not travel with the team. At the time, only two assistant coaches were allowed to sit on the team bench, so Boyer and Person had to be situated nearby but not directly on the bench.”
Hammon, who is the starting guard for the San Antonio Stars, the Spurs’ WNBA affiliate, has announced she will retire from the WNBA after this season, her 16th in the WNBA.
After sitting out last season with an injury, Hammon took the opportunity to spend some time learning under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, as Stephen Anderson wrote.
“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”
Many of Hammon’s teammates have remarked that she is an extension of coach Dan Hughes on the floor and that it seemed like a natural transition for her to coach once her playing days are over.
Hammon is averaging 8.6 points and 4.2 assists in 25 minutes per game this season with the Stars.
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