New Orleans Pelicans Hire WNBA Legend as an Assistant Coach

WNBA legend Teresa Weatherspoon’s basketball resume just got a bit more interesting.


Teresa has become an Assistant Coach for the New Orleans Pelicans, a team in the NBA. Witherspoon becomes the 12th assistant coach in the male dominated league that's a woman. The hiring of women was sparked when the Spurs' Greg Popovich hired another WNBA legend, Becky Harmon in 2014. Witherspoon will be a two-way player development coach, getting those players who are on the Erie BayHawks, the Pelicans G-League affiliate ready for the NBA. She will travel with them to their assignments to ensure they are developing enough to play in the NBA when called upon.


Named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this summer, Witherspoon has the credentials to coach at any level and any gender. She played 7 years in the WNBA for the New York Liberty and made 5 all-star teams in that time. She also helped lead the Liberty to 2 WNBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1999. As a college player, she led Louisiana Tech to a championship in 1988, the same year she won player of the year, receiving the Wade Trophy. While in the WNBA, she won the league's Defensive Player of the award twice, in the first two seasons of the league's existence. In 2011, she was voted a top 15 player in the history of the WNBA. She also received a gold medal from playing with Team USA in the 1988 Olympics. Prior to her outstanding WNBA career, she played ball in Russia, Italy and France for 8 years.


Before accepting a role with the Pelicans, she has served as New York Liberty's Director of Player and Franchise Development for the last 4 years. Before joining the Liberty's staff, she went back to coach at her alma mater for 5 years, with a record of 99-71 in 5 years.

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