Spurs hire league's first full-time female assistant coach
Hammon, 37, is a six-time WNBA All-Star who has spent the last eight seasons with the San Antonio Stars, from which she will soon retire. She is a former South Dakota Miss Basketball recipient during her high school career in Rapid City.
"I'm confident that her basketball IQ, work ethic, and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit for the Spurs," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement.
There have been women head coaches in the NBA Development and summer leagues, and Lisa Boyer was a part-time member of the Cleveland Cavaliers' coaching staff during the 2001-02 NBA season, according to the Spurs.
Named one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All-Time in July of 2011, Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (with 5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445), the Spurs said.