San Antonio Spurs Make History By Hiring First Female NBA Assistant Coach
The San Antonio Spurs, one of the classiest organizations in the world of sports has again outdone themselves.
Today (August 5), the team announced that they have named Becky Hammon as an assistant coach.
This move makes her the first female to ever be an official assistant coach. In 16 years in the WNBA, Hammon is a six-time All-Star, and is currently seventh is points, fourth in assists on the all-time list.
She signed South Dakota native signed as an un-drafted rookie with the New York Liberty coming out of Colorado State in 1999. She never looked back and is now considered one of the top 15 WNBA players in its history.
The point guard was traded to the San Antonio Silver Stars with a second round pick for the second overall pick in the 2007 draft. She has spent the rest of her career there.
Another woman, Lisa Boyer worked as an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2001-02 but was on the WNBA’s Cleveland Rockers payroll and did not travel with the team.
With a female referee and a female coach the NBA is certainly taking steps towards becoming gender neutral in the near future.