The Philadelphia 76ers has welcomed their first female assistant coach to the team, according to Philly.com. The announcement was made on Monday (April 8) that the WNBA’s 2007 No. 1 overall draft pick Lindsey Harding has been promoted from pro scout to player development coach, making her the NBA’s seventh female assistant coach.
In 2018 the 34-year-old started working with the NBA’s Basketball Operations Associate Program in hopes of getting her foot in the door. Harding says she was looking for on-court coaching opportunities, other front-office opportunities, and other scouting opportunities. Urging her to pursue a career with the league was Becky Hammon, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, who San Antonio Spurs Assistant Coach.
“I played against Becky for years,” Harding told ESPN. “During this last season, especially working in the front office [program] and going to games, I spent some time talking to her. She was always telling me, ‘You need to come. You need to come. We need more women here.’”
In addition to playing in the league overseas, Lindsey Harding also served as an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors in the 2015 summer league.
“Lindsey has quickly become one of the game’s bright young minds in basketball operations,” says Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown. “Lindsey is applying the same grit and basketball IQ she used as a player in her move to the front office. We look forward to the work Lindsey will do to help grow our program and further solidify a culture of winning.”