Becky Hammon has been named the assistant coach to the San Antonio Spurs, and the NBA’s first female full-time coach!
Becky Hammon, 37, has officially made history by being named the NBA’s first female full-time coach! On August 6, she was named the assistant coach to the San Antonio Spurs, under the leadership of head coach Gregg Popovich.
Becky Hammon On Spurs — NBA’s First Full-Time Female Coach
Becky announced her official retirement from the WNBA — where she has played for the San Antonio Stars for a whopping seven years — on July 23. However, she didn’t need to wait long to find another gig in the field.
At a press conference on August 6, Gregg told reporters: “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,” reports CNN.
While Becky is not the first female on an NBA coaching staff, she is the first one to actually get paid for the job. Lisa Boyer was on the coaching staff for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2001-2002 season, but she was not paid, nor was she full-time.
Becky Hammon Thanks Other Women For Blazing The Trail Ahead Of Her
Becky was humble at the August 6 press conference; while acknowledging the history-making moment, she also thanked women in other fields for breaking down barriers ahead of her.
“There’s women that have trail-blazed much bigger paths and really trail-blazed the path for things like this to happen,” Becky said. “There’s a lot more important things going on, in the bigger things, CEOs of companies. Women are really in every area. They’re in the surgery rooms. They’re doctors. They’re lawyers. They’re COOs.
“So even me sitting here today to be able to have the playing experience that I had as a professional basketball player, women went before me to pave that trail. So I’m really just reaping benefits of all their hard work and labor.”
This is an amazing moment for women, and we’re so happy for Becky. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is Becky the best man or woman for the job? Let us know!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner