NBA Leading the Way (updated)

The NBA is leading the way when it comes to hiring and retaining women in coaching positions.  More than any other men’s professional league they have committed to expanding opportunity. They now have eight women coaches actively working in their league. (List Below)

Not only are they creating the opportunities but they are then supporting and championing the people in those roles. This kind of leadership begins at the top, both of the league and of each organization.

Here’s Commissioner Adam Silver speaking earlier this year according to Mediate:

“The goal is: Going forward, it should be roughly 50-50 of new officials entering in the league. Same for coaches, by the way. We have a program, too. There’s no reason why women shouldn’t be coaching men’s basketball.”

Do not be surprised when the first woman is hired as a head coach in the league. She will be prepared, respected and successful.

That’s my prediction.

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In particular much respect to the Raptors organization, their head coach, Nick Nurse and their President Masai Ujiri who has elevated women into leadership positions throughout the Raptor’s organization.

They have made a fan out of me. Go Raptors.

And of course, respect to Poppovich who really led the way and continues to do so.

Here’s an updated article from ESPN with the women coaches discussing their journeys and career trajectory.

Women Coaching in the NBA

Sacramento Kings: Lindsey Harding

Cleveland Cavaliers: Lindsey Gottlieb

Kristi Tolliver: Washington Wizards

Becky Hammon: San Antonio Spurs

Jenny Boucek: Dallas Mavericks

Niele Ivey: Memphis Grizzlies

Natalie Mitsue Nakas: Los Angeles Clippers

Karen Stack Umlauf: Chicago Bulls


Lisa Boyer: Cleveland Cavaliers–Now Associate Head Coach of the University of South Carolina Women’s Team

Nancy Lieberman: Sacramento Kings

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