List of female NBA coaches

The list of female NBA coaches includes all women coaches who have been assistant and/or head coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA).


Note: These lists are correct through the start of the 2019–20 season.

Yrs Number of seasons coached in the NBA
* Denotes head or assistant coach who is still active in the NBA

List of assistant coaches

Assistant Coach Nationality[A] Career[B] Yrs Notes Ref.
Jenny Boucek*  United States 2017–present 3 [1]
Lisa Boyer  United States 20012002 1 First woman to hold a coaching position in NBA history. [2][3]
Lindsay Gottlieb*  United States 2019–present 1 First women's college coach recruited to an NBA staff. [4]
Becky Hammon*  Russia
 United States
2014–present 6 First female full-time assistant coach in NBA history. [5]
Nancy Lieberman  United States 20152017 2 [6]
Natalie Nakase*  United States 2018–present 2 [7]
Karen Stack Umlauf*  United States 2018–present 2 [8]

See also


  • A Nationality indicates a coach's representative nationality.
  • B Career in the NBA


  1. ^ "Sacramento Kings hire full-time female coach". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Lisa Boyer Title Associate Head Coach". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Lisa Boyer promoted to associate head coach". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Cavs hire Cal's Lindsay Gottlieb as assistant coach". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Becky Hammon Was Born to Coach". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Kings Announce Coaching Staff". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Natalie Nakase On Her New NBA Coaching Job". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Karen Umlauf Profile". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
Becky Hammon

Rebecca Lynn Hammon (born March 11, 1977) is a Russian-American assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a retired professional basketball player. Hammon played for the San Antonio Stars and New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association, as well as multiple basketball teams outside of the United States. Hammon, who was born and grew up in the United States, became a naturalized Russian citizen in 2008 and represented the Russian national team in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.On August 5, 2014, Hammon was hired by the Spurs as an assistant coach, becoming the second female assistant coach in NBA history, and the first full-time assistant coach. This also makes her the first full-time female assistant coach in any of the four major professional sports in North America. On July 3, 2015, the Spurs announced that Hammon would be the team's Summer League head coach, the first woman to be a head coach in that league. Hammon led the Spurs to the Las Vegas Summer League title on July 20, 2015.

Jenny Boucek

Jennifer Dawn Boucek (born December 20, 1973) is an assistant basketball coach for the Dallas Mavericks, a former basketball player, and former head coach of the Seattle Storm. She was hired by the Storm on January 20, 2015, but terminated on August 10, 2017 as the team failed to meet the expectations that came along with the acquisition of consecutive top draft picks Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart. Boucek was previously the head coach for the Sacramento Monarchs from November 15, 2006 until July 12, 2009.

Lindsay Gottlieb

Lindsay Catherine Gottlieb (born October 2, 1977) is an American basketball coach who is an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Gottlieb was previously the ninth head coach of the California Golden Bears women's team.In just her second season in Berkeley, Gottlieb led the 2012–13 Golden Bears to their first Final Four in school history, their first Pac-12 Conference championship, and the most wins ever by a Cal women's basketball team (32-4). Gottlieb was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year by the media, and was one of the four finalists for the Naismith National Coach of the Year. In her first season at Cal, Gottlieb's Bears had a 25-10 record, making her the first women's basketball coach to win 20 games in her first season at California. That year, Gottlieb led the Bears to the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Gottlieb spent the previous three years as the head coach at UCSB, where she led the team to two regular-season Big West championships in 2009 and 2011, as well as the Big West Tournament championship in 2009. She earned her 100th career victory on February 3, 2013.

Lisa Boyer

Lisa Boyer is the associate head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team since 2010. Prior to her time with the Gamecocks, Boyer was the head coach of the Bradley Braves women's basketball team from 1986 to 1996. Outside of the NCAA, Boyer was the first woman to coach in the National Basketball Association as an assistant for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2001 to 2002. Boyer was inducted into the Ithaca College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

Nancy Lieberman

Nancy Elizabeth Lieberman (born July 1, 1958), nicknamed "Lady Magic", is a former professional basketball player who played and coached in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and currently works as a broadcaster for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA), as well as head coach of the Power in the BIG3, where she led them to the 2018 BIG3 Championship. Lieberman is regarded as one of the greatest figures in American women's basketball.In 2000, she was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame. Lieberman is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame the St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (inducted in 2014), and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Natalie Nakase

Natalie Mitsue Nakase (born April 18, 1980) is an American professional basketball coach who is an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. After retiring as a professional player, she has been a head coach for both men's and women's professional teams.

Nakase grew up in Orange County, California, where she was honored as the county's high school player of the year. She played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins, receiving honorable mention as an all-conference player in the Pacific-10 Conference. A third-generation Japanese-American, she became the first Asian American to play in the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL). She also played in Germany before suffering a knee injury and retiring as a player. Nakase went into coaching, and served as a head coach of a women's team in Germany before becoming the first female head coach in Japan's top pro men's league. She returned to the United States in pursuit of a coaching career in the NBA, joining the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 2012. She became an assistant coach to their development team, Agua Caliente, in 2017.

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