Becky Hammon is moving up San Antonio’s coaching ladder.
The Spurs announced Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) that they have promoted Hammon, and that she will fill the spot vacated by James Borrego on the team’s roster of assistant coaches.
Borrego left the Spurs to become the new coach of the Charlotte Hornets.
Hammon has been a member of the San Antonio coaching staff since 2014, and was one of six assistants under Gregg Popovich last season. Hammon has been among the assistants who sit in the row directly behind the Spurs bench, but this move means she will be in the front row alongside Popovich starting this season.
She was head coach of San Antonio’s Las Vegas Summer League teams in 2015 and ’16, leading the 2015 squad to the championship.
Hammon spent 16 seasons in the WNBA and was a six-time All-Star. She was named one of the WNBA’s Top20@20, an honor given to the WNBA’s best players in the league’s 20-year history.
She is the first full-time, salaried female coach in NBA history.
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Hammon essentially becomes the Spurs third assistant and will be seated courtside with assistants Ettore Messina, Ime Udoka and head coach Gregg Popovich.
Hammon was reportedly interviewed for the Milwaukee Bucks head coaching position in early May and has turned down head coaching offers in college basketball over the past two years to remain with San Antonio.
The Spurs finished the 2017-28 season 47-35 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Golden State Warriors.
“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”