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Former W.N.B.A. star hired by Spurs, becomes first full-time woman coach

Former WNBA star Becky Hammon was hired by the Spurs on Tuesday. PHOTO: BAHRAM MARK SOBHANI, AP Former WNBA star Becky Hammon was hired by the Spurs on Tuesday. PHOTO: BAHRAM MARK SOBHANI, AP

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs have hired W.N.B.A. star Becky Hammon to a full-time assistant coaching position, making Hammon the first woman to hold such a position in the N.B.A.

The Spurs made the announcement Tuesday. Hammon plans to retire from the W.N.B.A.'s San Antonio Stars after this season. She joins South Carolina assistant Lisa Boyer, who served on the Cleveland Cavalier's coaching staff part-time during the 2001-02 season, as women to coach in the N.B.A.

Hammon spent some time around the Spurs during last season's run to the championship, and coach Gregg Popovich says she's made a strong impression. Popovich says he's "confident her basketball IQ, work ethic, and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs."

Hammon, 37, is a six-time W.N.B.A. All-Star selection. The point-guard was named one of the best 15 players in league history in 2011. She's played the last eight seasons with the Stars.

It's the latest trailblazing move for the Spurs, who hired European coaching legend Ettore Messina to join Popovich's staff earlier this summer. 

Source: Associated Press

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