Two more female coaches follow Becky Hammon's lead into the world of pro sports
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 31, 2015 01:05 PM
"There's a lot of responsibility, sure, but it's a great opportunity to inspire and help elevate people and elevate the human spirit." Dr. Jen Welter (Matt York/AP)
Becky Hammon has some company.
After leading the San Antonio Spurs to the Las Vegas Summer League title, it seems that Hammon has opened the door for female coaches to break through the big four of professional sports in the United States.
Basketball Hall of Famer and Olympic silver medallist Nancy Lieberman is set to joing the Sacramento Kings coaching staff.
According to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee, the Kings will offer Lieberman the job.
“Definitely I’m going to offer her a job,” Kings vice president Vlade Divac said. “George (Karl) and I talked about bringing her back after she helped us at Summer League (in Las Vegas). She was terrific. She brings a different dimension. I think is a nice opportunity for her.”
The 57-year-old Lieberman last saw action in the WNBA's Detroit Shock in 2008 where she also spent time as head coach and general manager.
She also used to call the shots for the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League.
Over at the National Football League (NFL), the Arizona Cardinals have hired Dr. Jen Welter as a training camp/preseason intern tasked of coaching inside linebackers per the team's website.
She is believed to be the first female coach ever in NFL history.
"There's a lot of responsibility, sure, but it's a great opportunity to inspire and help elevate people and elevate the human spirit. I'm honored to show this as a positive story," Welter said, as told to Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles.