Regarded as one of the fifteen best players in WNBA history, Becky Hammond made more history by becoming the league’s first ever female assistant coach!
via The New York Times:
“Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball I.Q., work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs,” Coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday in a statement.
Hammond said that Popovich made it clear to her that the hiring was strictly related to her qualifications in basketball. “He says, ‘It just so happens you’re a woman,’ ” Hammon said.
Around the basketball community, it was not surprising that the Spurs were the first organization to make a woman a full-time coach. They are often praised for applying innovative and outside-the-box thinking to their basketball operations.