Ahead of the 2020 NBA season, check out some of the WNBA legends and current players who are serving in NBA coaching and front office roles this season.
Washington Wizards: Assistant Coach
Two-time WNBA Champion Kristi Toliver is embarking on her second season with Washington. At the culmination of the Mystics’ 2018 season, Toliver joined the Wizards in an Assistant Coach/Player Development role. Still a member of the Mystics, Toliver is the first-ever active WNBA player to work as an NBA assistant coach.
San Antonio Spurs: Assistant Coach
Becky Hammon enters her fifth season as the San Antonio Spurs’ Assistant Coach. Hammon joined the Spurs in 2014, becoming the first full-time female assistant in the NBA. The WNBA legend served as the head coach of the Spurs’ Las Vegas Summer League in 2015 and guided the team to the Summer League Championship. In addition, Hammon also served as the summer league head coach in 2016 and 2019.
New Orleans Pelicans: Vice President of Basketball Operations and Team Development
This summer, Swin Cash joined the New Orleans Pelicans as the Vice President of Basketball Operations and Team Development. Cash retired from the WNBA in 2016 and assumed the first-ever Director of Franchise Development for the New York Liberty in early 2017.
New Orleans Pelicans: Two-Way Player Development Coach
Teresa Weatherspoon joins fellow WNBA legend Swin Cash as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans for the 2020 season. Like Cash, Weatherspoon previously served in the Liberty’s front office as Director of Player and Franchise Development. Most recently, Weatherspoon was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2019.
Boston Celtics: Assistant Coach
A WNBA champion and All-Star, Kara Lawson was hired as an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics in June of 2019. Before becoming an assistant coach, Lawson played more than a decade in the WNBA and joined the broadcast booth in 2007, where she became the first woman to work as a nationwide broadcast analyst for an NBA game.
Dallas Mavericks: Assistant Coach
A two-time WNBA Champion as a head coach, Jenny Boucek became the first female assistant coach in Dallas Mavericks’ history when she joined the coaching staff in 2018. Prior to joining the Mavericks, Boucek played in the WNBA during its inaugural season in 1997 and coached in the league from 1999-2017.
Sacramento Kings: Assistant and Player Development Coach
Forever thankful to the @sixers for breaking barriers and giving me the opportunity to become the first female scout & coach in franchise history. Thank you #Philly for taking me in as one of your own! pic.twitter.com/5VvjN0VTDC
— Lindsey Harding (@Lindsey_Harding) July 21, 2019
After her nine-year WNBA career, Harding joined the Sixers in 2018, becoming the first-ever female pro personnel scout and coach in history. In July 2019, Lindsey Harding became an assistant and player development coach for the Sacramento Kings.
Memphis Grizzlies: Assistant Coach
"I want to empower; I want to inspire."@Meghan_Triplett sat down with @IrishCoachIvey to learn more about her background playing and coaching in the sport. #AudiOneonOne presented by @Audi pic.twitter.com/Vc8558ZvO2
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) October 16, 2019
Niele Ivey made history in Memphis as she became the Grizzlies’ first female assistant coach. Prior to moving to Memphis, Ivey served as the assistant coach for 12 seasons at her alma mater, Notre Dame.
Boston Celtics: Director of Player Development and Personal Growth
Joining Kara Lawson in Boston, Allison Feaster will serve as the Celtics’ Director of Player Development this season. Feaster is no stranger to the Boston area as she graduated from Harvard as a three-time Ivy-Leauge Player of the Year.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Director of Player Program
Celebrating one of our very own – Director of Player Programs Kaayla Chones!
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 17, 2018
WNBA veteran Kaayla Chones will serve as the Timberwolves’ Director of Player Program. Chones assists players off the court with needs such as relocation and integration into the community.
Westchester Knicks: Assistant Coach
WNBA veteran Lisa Willis made history when she joined the Knicks. Willis became the first female coach in Knicks’ franchise history. At the beginning of the 2019-2020 NBA G League season, Willis was named an assistant coach for the New York Knicks.