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Hammon named espnW’s Woman of the Year

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Former Stars guard Becky Hammon makes NBA history and was named the 2014 Women of the Year by ESPN W.
Former Stars guard Becky Hammon makes NBA history as the first female assistant coach and was named the 2014 Women of the Year by ESPN W.

There are many women that are inspirational in the world. Robin Roberts’ storytelling and support for others after battling a rare blood and bone marrow disease and 19-year-old Lauren Hill who is batting a rare form of brain cancer and despite having just months to live, continues to live out her dream of playing college basketball for Mount St. Joseph. Those are just a few of the many women who have inspired us in 2014.

You can now add former San Antonio Stars guard and current Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon to the list. On Tuesday, Hammon was named the the very first Woman of the Year in Sports by ESPN W.

Hammon beat out Michelle Wie, Serena Williams, Brittany Griner, Mo’ne Davis to get the honor.


The 37-year-old became the first paid female assistant coach in NBA history after retiring from the WNBA after 16 seasons, eight with San Antonio and eight with New York.

ESPN said that Hammon understands that it doesn’t matter where you were born, raised or what others tell you. What really matters is what you tell yourself in the end. While she was recovering from an ACL injury, she was shadowing the team because she already knew what she wanted to do after playing. No matter what the doubters may think.

“I’ve heard every reason why I shouldn’t be successful. And yet, you just take that all in,” Hammon told ESPN’s Doris Burke. “I always say you should be very careful with the voices you listen to. And my closest voices have always told me, “You can.””

Hammon was a seven-time WNBA  All-Star and was named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time in 2011, she ranks seventh in league history in points. and fourth in assists.

Hammon has always said she has wanted to coach and if she continues to learn and make herself an even better assistant, we may see an even bigger historic move in the near future.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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