Who is The First Female NBA Coach?
Lisa Boyer was the first female coach in the NBA. Boyer was named the Cleveland Cavaliers volunteer assistant coach ahead of the 2001-02 season.
She spent a year with Cleveland before her tenure ended in 2002 and again women for NBA coaches ceased to exist for quite some years.
However, things changed when 'Becky Hammon' joined as the assistant coach for the team 'San Antonio Spurs'. Her influence sparked a demand for woman coaches in the NBA after 2014.
Here is the list of female coaches in the NBA:
|Lisa Boyer||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Becky Hammon||San Antonio Spurs, Las Vegas|
|Nancy Lieberman||Sacramento Kings, Texas Legends|
|Jenny Boucek||Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings.|
|Natalie Nakase||Los Angeles Clippers, Agua Caliente Clippers|
|Karen Stack Umlauf||Chicago Bulls|
|Kristi Toliver||Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks.|
|Niele Ivey||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Kara Lawson||Boston Celtics|
|Lindsay Gottlieb||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Teresa Weatherspoon||New Orleans Pelicans.|
|Brittni Donaldson||Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks|
|Lindsey Harding||Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings|
|Sonia Raman||Memphis Grizzlies.|
|Edniesha Curry||Portland Trail Blazers|
Becky Hammon is the first female head coach in an NBA team. She was the first spurs female coach to assist the men's basketball team.
Hammon was the head coach of the team for the 2015 Sumer League held in Vegas. She won the league as the first female to do so as a coach.
Officially she became the acting head coach of the team of NBA in 2020. In the game against the Lakers, the head coach was ejected. Hammon was now the acting head coach of the team.
She was the first ever female acting head coach in the whole league. Hammon later left the NBA to join as the head coach of a WNBA team the 'Las Vegas Aces'.
Jenny Boucek is an assistant head coach for the team Indiana Pacers. She joined the team in 2021.
Boucek has quite some experience as an assistant coach for the team in the NBA. She started her journey as an assistant coach of the league in 2017. She started with 'Sacramento Kings'.
She later joined the Dallas Mavericks in 2018 after serving with the Kings for a year. She served with the team for more than 3 years and left in 2021.
She has not quite been rewarded in her NBA career. However, she won two WNBA titles in 2004 and 2010 as an assistant coach for the respective teams.
Brittni Donaldson is the current assistant coach for the team 'Atlanta Hawks'. She joined the team recently in 2023.
Donaldson started her journey as an assistant coach for the team ' Toronto Raptors'. She joined the team in 2019 and was with them till 2021.
She joined the Detroit Pistons in 2022 as the assistant coach of the team. Donaldson won the NBA championship while she was assisting as the assistant coach for the Raptors. They won the league in 2019.
Teresa Gaye Weatherspoon is an assistant coach for the team 'New Orleans Pelicans'. She has been with the team since 2020.
She started her coaching career in Westchester Phantoms in 2007. The team was part of ABA but later was dismantled.
Lindsay Catherine Gottlieb was an assistant coach for the 'Cleveland Cavaliers' in 2019. This was the first NBA team she coached in her coaching career.
She was with the team until 2021. Gottlieb started her journey as an assistant coach in 1999 with the Syracuse Women's basketball team. She was affiliated with many college basketball teams before joining the NBA.
She currently is with the USC women's Basketball team. She joined the team in 2021.