Boston Celtics hire first female assistant coach


BOSTON (WWLP) – The Boston Celtics made history when they hired a female to join their coaching staff over a month ago.

Kara Lawson will be joining the Celtics as an assistant coach. She is a former point guard for the Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA and was part of the U.S. Olympic team that won a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Games.

Local basketball players told 22News that Lawson coaching in the NBA is an inspiration to female basketball players everywhere.

“Yeah it’s really showing how not only men can do it, females can do it just as well,” said Kiya Mcdow.

FILE – Basketball player Kara Lawson attends the 37th Annual Salute To Women In Sports Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Women’s Sports Foundation )

Before joining the Celtics coaching staff, Lawson most recently worked as an analyst for ESPN. Lawson is the fourth female coach in the NBA.

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