Female NBA Assistant Coach is ‘Top Candidate’ to Coach Men’s Team in NCAA
Becky Hammon could be making the jump from the San Antonio Spurs to Colorado State University.
To fill the head coaching position for the men’s basketball team that was vacated when Larry Eustachy resigned, Colorado State University is considering hiring a coach who spent the last four years with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA as an assistant.
That piece of news might not normally raise an eyebrow, but what makes the potential hire so intriguing is that the assistant coach is none other than former WNBA star Becky Hammon.
Although she has yet to say if she’d be interested in the position Hammon, a three-time All-American at CSU who had her jersey retired at the school, is considered to be one of the top candidates by the administration, a source at the college told Yahoo Sports.
Bringing in a fresh presence like Hammon could be a good move for an NCAA program that is still tainted by Eustachy’s decision to step down in the midst of an internal investigation into his conduct and treatment of players.
If the Rams do decide to offer Hammon the job and she accepts, Spurs general manager R.C. Buford is confident the NBA’s first full-time paid female assistant coach will have what it takes to succeed coaching men in the NCAA.
“She’s got the respect of our coaches, our players and our organization,” Buford told Yahoo Sports. “She has great insight at two different levels, both in the coaching environment and strategic discussions and she can also take [instruction] to our players and discuss with them.”
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