The San Antonio Spurs announced today that they have named Becky Hammon assistant coach. Hammon will now become the second woman to be named an assistant coach in the NBA.
Hammon, who is the starting guard for the San Antonio Stars has announced she will retire from the WNBA after this season, her 16th in the WNBA.
After sitting out last season with an injury, Hammon took the opportunity to spend some time learning under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, as Stephen Anderson wrote on our sister site, Project Spurs.
“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. “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.”
Many of Hammon’s teammates have remarked that she is an extension of coach Dan Hughes on the floor and that it seemed like a natural transition for her to coach once her playing days are over.
Hammon is averaging 8.6 points and 4.2 assists in 25 minutes per game this season with the Stars.