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Spurs Hire NBA’s First Female Coach

The San Antonio Spurs announced Tuesday the team had hired retiring WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach for the 2014-2015 season, making her the first female assistant coach in the NBA.

Hammond has played in the WNBA for sixteen years, the last eight of them with the San Antonio Stars, the Spurs WNBA affiliate, giving the team plenty of opportunity to observe her. The six-time all star been named one of the top fifteen players in the WNBA’s history, and ranks in the top ten in points, field goals, assists, and games.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” Head Coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

The NBA has led the way among professional sports leagues in promoting women, as Amanda Hess chronicles over at Slate.

[Image via Spurs]

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