Ex-CSU star Becky Hammon hired by Spurs as second female assistant coach in NBA

Becky Hammon. (Credit: San Antonio Spurs)

Becky Hammon. (Credit: San Antonio Spurs)

SAN ANTONIO — Becky Hammon, who was a three-time All-American during her playing career at Colorado State University in the late 1990s, was hired as an assistant coach with the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, becoming the second female assistant in the NBA history.

Lisa Boyer served on John Lucas’ staff with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2001-02 season.

Hammon announced last month she would retire after her 16th WNBA season. She was named one of the WNBA’s top 15 players of all time in 2011, ranking seventh in the league in points (5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445).

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

Hammon is a six-time WNBA all-star and has spent the past eight seasons with the San Antonio Stars.

She went unpicked in the 1999 WNBA Draft and signed with the New York Liberty in May 1999.