Mavericks Hire Jenny Boucek To Be Their First Female Assistant Coach (USA)
The Dallas Mavericks have hired Jenny Boucek as an assistant coach. She is the first woman to hold a coaching position with the franchise in its 38-year history.
This isn’t Boucek’s first coaching gig, however. She spent last season on Dave Joerger’s staff with the Sacramento Kings as a player development coach, becoming just the third woman to hold an assistant coaching job in NBA history. San Antonio’s Becky Hammon and Nancy Lieberman, who also previously coached with the Kings, came before her.
Prior to joining an NBA staff, Boucek served as an assistant coach or head coach for almost two decades in the WNBA. From 2006-2009, she was the head coach of the Sacramento Monarchs and from 2015-2017, she led the Seattle Storm. Before turning to coaching, Boucek played in the WNBA and in Iceland after a four-year collegiate career at the University of Virginia.
Her hiring comes at a time when women are evermore prominent in the NBA landscape. The NBA was the first professional sports league to employ female officials back in 1997. At the recently concluded NBA Summer League, women were part of nearly every officiating crew and often made up two-thirds of the referees for any given game.
Almost 20 years later, Hammon broke the NBA’s coaching glass ceiling in 2014, when she was hired by the San Antonio Spurs. She is now the team’s top assistant coach.
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle spoke highly of both Hammon and Boucek late last season, saying that they’ve earned respect and have the qualifications necessary to make it in the NBA.
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