South Dakota native Becky Hammon will be an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2014-15 season. San Antonio will enter the season as defending champion of the NBA.
Hammon is a charter member of the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The former Rapid City Stevens and Colorado State University star was inducted in 2010.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich announced the hiring of Hammon on Aug. 5. She will become the first full-time, salaried female coach in the history of the NBA.
Hammon was an All-American at Colorado State. The 5-foot-6 guard began her WNBA career with the New York Liberty. Hammon, 37, now plays for the San Antonio Stars and recently announced she will retire as a player at the conclusion of this season. She is a seven-time WNBA all-star.