Published: Sun, June 30, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Boston Celtics hire former WNBA champion Kara Lawson as assistant coach

Boston Celtics hire former WNBA champion Kara Lawson as assistant coach

Lawson won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing with USA Basketball.

Lawson, a star on Rocky Top and a WNBA All-Star during her professional playing career, was hired as an assistant coach by the Boston Celtics.

Boston head coach Brad Stevens had an opening on his coaching staff when Micah Shrewsberry accepted an assistant coaching job at Purdue. While happy to see her get a coaching opportunity, Wizards fans and League Pass viewers will miss her presence on Washington games next season.

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Since her retirement back in 2015, the 38-year-old Lawson has joined the media ranks.

The report comes a couple months after National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver said he hopes the league will include more female coaches ⁠- as well as female referees ⁠- in the near future. We have a program, too. She will become the first woman ever to coach for the Celtics.

Lawson, who starred at Tennessee and spent 12 years in the WNBA, follows the footsteps of San Antonio's Becky Hammon, Cleveland's Lindsay Gottlieb and Dallas' Jenny Boucek. She has also been coaching USA Basketball's 3-on-3 teams for FIBA competitions and in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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