Life After Hoops:
What They’ll Do When They’re Done

Despite what these players and their fans might hope, WNBA stars can't play forever. With college degrees to fall back on as well as burgeoning careers both within and outside of the game of basketball, their futures will be bright no matter what they choose to do when they are finished playing.

Becky Hammon, New York Liberty
I got into some broadcasting this offseason, and it has been good, I like it, it's different, it's a lot of work, I don't think people realize how much work you have to put into it, it's a lot of research, keeping track of different players, there's a lot of people out there to keep track of in schools, so you have to stay on top of it.

Haynie wants to coach when she is finished playing.
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Lisa Harrison, free agent
I'm keeping all my options open, not pursuing anything right now, but just making contacts and seeing what's out there. I am passionate about sports and animals, so I would love to be able to work with animals. I'm just not sure whether that can pay the bills. That's a different story.

Kristin Haynie, Sacramento Monarchs
Definitely coaching. I'm not sure what age or level, but I would like to try a smaller Division I or maybe even a Division II school.

Niele Ivey, free agent
Entertainment, actually. Movies or modeling, the fashion industry, I like all of that stuff. My best friend is a fashion model, so I learn a lot of stuff from her, but I would love to be around TV, or movies, the whole spectrum. My whole life has been basketball so I would have to narrow it down, but that would be awesome.

Kristen Mann, Minnesota Lynx
The music industry. Either the production of music or the business side of the things, like marketing or promotions.

Kelly Miller, Phoenix Mercury
I would love to stay involved in sports - perhaps a personal trainer or something along those lines to help people stay fit and active.

Ruth Riley, Detroit Shock
I'm looking at a clothing line right now, and I really like the sports academies, or the courts where you can bring the kids in at a young age and impact their lives and teach them a lot about basketball.

Snow is already in business and ready for the future.
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Lynette Woodard, WNBA and Basketball legend
I work in the financial field now, which is exciting. Both basketball and business are fast-paced and I can often correlate things I'm doing in the office to things that are done on a basketball court. I enjoy it, it is dynamic and I love working with people. You have to score all the time.

Brooke Wyckoff, Chicago Sky
I think I would like to get my MBA, but that will probably be after basketball. There are some good schools in Chicago. But I got my degree in education, so I might teach. I don't know. I do like kids, but I'm thinking I'd be a high school teacher.

Michelle Snow, Houston Comets
I've already started the career. I have two companies that I've already started. But, I really want to focus on mentoring and giving back to the community with the entrepreneurships. I think the WNBA is a stepping stone; it's opening so many doors for me and I'm using those opportunities.


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