Top Female Basketball Coaches-The NBA Assistant Coaching Program

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NBA Trending Right Way Hiring Female  Coaches

The  Charlotte Hornets NBA G League Affiliate team the Greensboro Swarm recently announced the team has named Dave Kenah  ,Dan Tacheny, Evan Harville and Chasity Melvin becomes the first female coach in Hornets and Swarm history.  All the assistant coaches  have been added on the staff of recently named Head Coach Joe Wolf

Melvin becomes the first female coach in Hornets and Swarm history the North Carolina native was a standout at Melvin becomes the first female coach in Hornets and Swarm history. The North Carolina native was a standout at North Carolina State University (1994-98) and was the No. 11 selection in the 1999 WNBA Draft. A WNBA All-Star in 2001, she played for the Cleveland Rockers, Washington Mystics and Chicago Sky over the course of 12 seasons (1999-2010). Melvin’s hire comes through the NBA Assistant Coaches Program, which prepares current and former NBA, WNBA and G League players for coaching careers.

During a game at the UIC Pavillion  on August 15, 2007, Melvin’s left eye was dislodged from its socket after Shameka Christon  of the New York liberty  accidentally struck Melvin’s face as the two were battling for a rebound. Melvin was treated at the near by Medical Center, where her eye went back into its socket by itself. She was able to return to the arena to participate in Fan Appreciation Night activities after the game. Melvin suffered scratches to her cornea, but no skull fractures or vision loss.

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The Assistant Coaches Program (ACP), formed by the NBA’s Player  Development department, helps former NBA, WNBA and NBA G League players transition from player to a coaching/front office role. The ACP has  placed notable former players such as Jerry Stackhouse, James Posey and  Vin Baker within different franchises. NBA organizations who opt into the program have the chance to interview this former player pool for open NBA and NBA G League assistant coaching opportunities. Once Greensboro Swarm head coach Joe Wolf  spoke  with  Melvin, he knew she was the right person for the job as one of his assistants.

“I’ve been trying to coach since I retired in 2014,” Melvin said. “I coached high school for two years and was applying to college and WNBA jobs to try and get my foot back in the door with the WNBA. I didn’t see the offer as history originally. I just said, ‘Mom, I finally got a coaching job!” While the initial rush of adrenaline about completing a lifelong dream generated an immense amount of excitement, Melvin quickly realized how important the path she’d be paving for young women after her would be.

First Female Coach In Hornets And Swarm History.

Melvin wants to help other young women and  she wants to inspire them that the journey will be different and challenging, but that they can accomplish any of the goals and dreams that they want to. It’s also great to inspire young women,  especially young African American women, who want to get into sports.

To be a part of history is always great and it’s always great for me and my family and my friends back home because I’m from such a small town, Melvin said. I grew up in a one stoplight town in one of the poorest counties in North Carolina. So this is for the poor people , rural counties in North Carolina.

Other female assistants in the NBA include Becky Hammon with the Spurs and Dallas’ Jenny Boucek. Melvin’s  hire comes after Kristy Toliver became the first active WNBA player to become an NBA assistant when she joined the Washington  Wizards.

After first found out that she’d been granted the opportunity as a Swarm assistant coach, Melvin could hardly hide her emotions.





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5 thoughts on “Top Female Basketball Coaches-The NBA Assistant Coaching Program

  1. Such an inspirational story! When one reads about Melvin will definitely get interested in sports especially women who want to excel in the sports field. Thanks for sharing this great article!

    1. admin

      This is a very good example for young girls to emulate to something do in the event a professional basketball just does not work out this will be an option to fall back on .You make some points here Kavitha .Thanks for reading my blog and have a great week

  2. I always enjoy reading posts that empower women and kudos to Chasity’s perseverance and drive. Well written article and one I enjoyed reading. I look forward to more of your posts.

  3. admin

    Thanks for reading the article and leaving a positive feedback on my post .I appreciate the kind words .This blog was first created to empower women .Stay tuned to this site for more articles in the future dedicated to help elevate women’s basketball

  4. An amazing story! It is soo important to support young women in sports!! We need more female success models for children, especially for girls!
    Great article! Keep doing it!

    All the best to you!

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