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List of female assistant coaches in the NBA

Teresa Weatherspoon was a part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Teresa Weatherspoon was a part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019. (Getty Images)

According to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the New Orleans Pelicans have added WNBA legend Teresa Weatherspoon to its coaching staff.

The addition of Weatherspoon in New Orleans brings the total of female assistant coaches in the NBA up to 11 with six of them hired this offseason.

Weatherspoon played eight seasons in the WNBA, making five All-Star teams and winning Defensive Player of the Year twice.

Weatherspoon is the second former WNBA star added in New Orleans. Earlier this offseason, Swin Cash was named Vice President of Basketball Operations. One of the best players in WNBA history, Cash ranks among the top 20 all-time in scoring, assists and rebounds and won three championships across a 15-year career.

Female Assistant Coaches in NBA
Jenny Boucek Dallas Mavericks
Brittni Donaldson Toronto Raptors
Lindsay Gottlieb Cleveland Cavaliers
Becky Hammon San Antonio Spurs
Lindsey Harding Philadelphia 76ers
Niele Ivey Memphis Grizzlies
Kara Lawson Boston Celtics
Natalie Nakase LA Clippers
Kristi Toliver Washington Wizards
Karen Stack Umlauf Chicago Bulls
Teresa Weatherspoon New Orleans Pelicans

Jenny Boucek, Dallas Mavericks

A career-ending back injury limited Jenny Boucek to just one season professional season in the WNBA (1997) after which she immediately transitioned to coaching.

Beginning in 1999, Boucek has over 18 years of coaching experience in the WNBA (four as a head coach). As an assistant, she was a member of two WNBA Championships with the Seattle Storm (2004, 2010).

In the NBA, she was first hired as the player development coach by the Sacramento Kings for the 2017-18 season, becoming the third woman assistant coach in NBA history. A year later, in the offseason of 2018, she was announced as the assistant coach of the Mavericks.

Brittni Donaldson, Toronto Raptors

Donaldson was promoted to the Raptors coaching staff after spending the last two seasons with the franchise as a data analyst.

A native of Iowa where she played collegiatel at the University of Northern Iowa from 2011 to 2015, the 26-year-old Donaldson is now the youngest assistant coach - male or female - in the NBA.

Lindsay Gottlieb, Cleveland Cavaliers

Lindsay Gottlieb was hired as an assistant coach on a four-year contract as part of new head coach John Beilein's staff.

She has nearly two decades of coaching experience, including two head coaching stints at the University of California at Santa Barbara (2008-11) and the University of California (2011-19).

During her head coach stints, she did receive two recognitions - Big West Coach of the Year (2009) and Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2012). As a head coach, she also had three championships to her name - 2 x Big West Championship (2009,11) and Pac-12 regular-season championship (2013).

Becky Hammon, San Antonio Spurs

After a very accomplished 15-year WNBA career, Becky Hammon joined the Spurs as an assistant coach in the offseason of 2014. That made her the second female assistant coach in NBA history and the first full-time assistant coach.

A year in, she was selected as the coach of the Spurs' Summer League squad, the first time a woman was a head coach in that league. She went on to lead the squad to the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League Championship.

At the 2016 All-Star Game, she became the first woman to be a part of an All-Star coaching staff.

During her WNBA career, Hammon received six All-Star selections and four All-WNBA selections (2 First Team, 2 Second Team). She was the assists leader in 2007 and was voted to the WNBA's Top 15 players of all-time (2011) and the Top 20@20 in 2016.

Lindsey Harding, Philadelphia 76ers

Lindsey Harding was hired by the Philadelphia 76ers as a scout prior to the 2018-19 season and at the end of the season, the franchise promoted her to the position of an assistant coach.

A 5-year WNBA veteran, Harding had a spectacular 2007, the final year of her college career at Duke and her rookie season in the NBA.

In 2007, she received the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, the WBCA Defensive Player of the Year, the Nancy Lieberman Award, the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, ACC Player of the Year, and a WNBA All-Rookie selection.

Niele Ivey, Memphis Grizzlies

Ivey, the former associate head coach at Notre Dame, was added to the staff in Memphis this offseason.

Ivey spent 12 years at Notre Dame as an assistant coach after also playing there for four years. She was either a player or coach for all nine of the school's Final Four appearances.

Kara Lawson, Boston Celtics

Lawson was added to the Celtics' coaching staff this offseason after previously serving as a commentator with ESN and TV analyst wth the Washington Wizards.

The former point guard played 12 seasons in the WNBA, winning a championship in 2005 and making the All-Star team in 2007 as a member of the Sacramento Monarchs.

Natalie Nakase, LA Clippers

Natalie Nakase joined the Clippers organisation in 2012 and got promoted to the position of an assistant coach in the offseason of 2018 after a year as an assistant coach of the Agua Caliente Clippers, the D-League affiliate of the LA Clippers.

In 2012, she began a year-long internship under the franchise's video coordinator. A couple of years later, she became the team's video coordinator and at the 2014 Las Vegas Summer League, she was an assistant coach for the Clippers team.

Kristi Toliver, Washington Wizards

Kristi Toliver was hired as a full-time assistant with the Washington Wizards before the 2018-19 season.

It must be noted that unlike the other members on this list, Toliver is still active in the WNBA, representing the Washington Mystics.

An eight-year WNBA veteran, she was a member of the Los Angeles Sparks that clinched the WNBA Championship in 2016. A two-time All-Star (2013, 2018), she was named the WNBA Most Improved Player in 2012 and also received an All-WNBA Second Team selection that year.

Karen Stack Umlauf, Chicago Bulls

Karen Stack Umlauf has spent nearly three decades in administrative roles with the Bulls' organisation but last year, she was named an assistant coach of the team.

She has spent the last year as an assistant while also playing her role as the director of team operations and has held her position as an assistant on the staff for new head coach Jim Boylen.

Teresa Weatherspoon, New Orleans Pelicans

Weatherspoon is a WNBA legend as she starred for the New York Liberty beginning in 1997, the first year of the league's existence. One of the best point guards in league history, Weatherspoon ranks in WNBA history in assists per game and guided her teams to the playoffs in six of her eight seasons.

Weatherspoon made five All-Star teams and won back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards in 1997 and 1998.

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