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The NBA Now Has Its First Female Assistant Coach [Updated]

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The San Antonio Spurs just announced they’ve hired WNBA player Becky Hammon as an assistant coach. Hammon, who is already a six-time WNBA All-Star with the San Antonio Stars, can now add “first female full-time assistant NBA coach” to her résumé.*

Head coach Gregg Popovich says, “I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff. 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.”

She’ll start her new gig as soon as the current WNBA season ends.

* This posted has been corrected to show that Becky Hammon will be the first female assistant NBA coach to work full-time; Lisa Boyer was a volunteer assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2001.

NBA Hires First Female Assistant Coach [Updated]