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Greatest achievements in US women’s sports

10. Becky Hammon first female head coach in NBA summer league

Becky Hammon

Six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon became the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history when she took the job with the San Antonio Spurs last summer. It only took her a year to take another historic step, as she has become the first women to serve as head coach in the NBA summer league. Hammon was not afraid to back down from the best opportunity available, which included learning from one of the best NBA head coaches in history, Gregg Popovich. When speaking of head coach Popvich: “Honestly, I don’t think he gives two cents that I’m a woman. And I don’t want to be hired because I’m a woman.” What matters, she said, was that “I’m getting hired because I’m capable.” Hammon not only broke down barriers but more importantly, proved that she’s good at it.

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