Becky Hammon Will Be The NBA’s First Female Regular Season Coach

TIME

The San Antonio Spurs announced Tuesday that they have hired Becky Hannon as an assistant coach. Hammon will be the first woman with a coaching position in the National Basketball Association during the regular season.

Six-time all-star Hannon announced her retirement from the Women’s National Basketball Association after 13 seasons of play on July 23. She ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (with 5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445) and spent the past eight seasons with the San Antonio Stars.

“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.”

Popovich hinted that the defending NBA champions might add a woman to their bench earlier this year…

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