The world champion San Antonio Spurs made history today by announcing the hiring of Becky Hammon as a full-time assistant coach, making her the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history.
Hammon will retire from the WNBA at the end of the season, bringing her illustrious 16-year career to a close. A six-time WNBA All-Star, she ranks seventh in WNBA scoring history with 5,809 career points. She currently plays for the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said of Hammon, “I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”
Gaining approval from Pops is no easy task. Props to Hammon for breaking down the NBA gender barrier for women coaches. Working under Popovich has led to head coaching jobs for Mike Brown, P.J. Carlesimo and Mike Budenholzer. Don’t rule out Hammon making history a second time by becoming the first female head coach in NBA history.