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Becky Hammon to Join Spurs as First Female Full-Time Assistant NBA Coach

By    |   Thursday, 07 Aug 2014 10:56 AM

Becky Hammon, a former standout WNBA star, made history this week when she became the first full-time female assistant coach in the NBA after she was hired by the San Antonio Spurs.

In fact, Hammon is now the first full-time female coach in any of North America's male major sports leagues, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he hired the 37-year-old, who played in the WNBA for 16 seasons, because he believes she can help the team win.

"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 said in a statement Tuesday.

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In 2011, Hammon was named by one of the WNBA's top 15 players in league history. She now follows in the footsteps of trailblazers like Nancy Lieberman, who coached in the NBA Developmental League for the Dallas Mavericks' affiliate in 2009, and Lisa Boyer, who served as a volunteer assistant for the Cleveland Cavaliers under coach John Lucas in 2001-02, according to CBS Sports.

"Obviously this is a big deal, but the bigger deal is, I feel like there's been greater pioneers to even get to this point," Hammon told the media after her appointment. "CEOs, COOs of companies, major trailblazers, people that went before me basketball-wise to allow me to have a 16-year playing career . . . There have been so many other women who have been doing really great things."

Just last month, the NBA Players Association named Washington, D.C., attorney Michele Roberts as its next executive director, making her the first woman to lead a major North American sports union, according to ESPN.

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Becky Hammon, a former standout WNBA star, made history this week when she became the first full-time female assistant coach in the NBA after she was hired by the San Antonio Spurs.
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