Colorado State University might make history in college men’s basketball soon. Reportedly, the school’s athletic director Joe Parker has been considering the idea of hiring San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, to lead the Colorado State Men’s basketball team after former coach Larry Eustachy resigned amid allegations of misconduct.
Parker stated to the Coloradoan, that he is “not closing the door on any thought,” when considering which candidate should take charge of the men’s basketball team. If Hammon were to take the position with Colorado State, it would make her the first woman head coach for a Division I school in college basketball history.
Hammon is no stranger to the university, she attended Colorado State University and played for the women’s basketball team while there. Her college career included a number of accomplishments such as setting the all-time records for points per game, free throws, field goals and a spot in the Colorado State University Sports Hall of Fame.
Hammon went on to play in the WNBA, with teams like the New York Liberty and later the Silver Stars where she averaged 19.5 points per game. Later Hammon would sign onto various basketball teams outside of the country including a stint with the Russian national team in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, respectively.
Her success as a player is matched by her coaching abilities. Hammon’s position as an assistant coach for the Spurs made her the first full-time woman assistant coach in the history of the NBA. In 2015 Hammon became the team’s Summer League head coach and led the team to victory in the Las Vegas Summer League title.
As the first full-time female assistant coach, Hammon’s position is unique. Not just for the NBA, but of the five major sports played in North America, Hammon is the first woman to hold her title.
With Hammon’s stellar credentials the Colorado State Men’s team, which has been struggling throughout its 15-year history to win NCAA titles (they’ve only won four) just might be able to change course next year and produce a winning season.