Last week, New York-area sports radio host Mike Francesa argued that a woman will never be the head coach of a professional men’s sports team. That, however, seems hard to believe given that Becky Hammon is an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs and Nancy Lieberman is an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings.
Let’s just focus on basketball. Will a woman be the head coach of an NBA team in the next 10 years?
“It’s possible,” Warriors director of scouting Larry Riley said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “If you look at the climate of our country, all kinds of things are changing and the doors are not locked to women like they used to be in a lot of areas. It wouldn’t be totally shocking to me if that were to develop at some point.”
Lieberman, by the way, became head coach of the D-League’s Texas Legends in 2009, thus becoming the first woman to coach a men’s professional basketball team. She later moved to the front office and became a Kings assistant in July 2015.
The glass ceiling, if there is one, is starting to crack.
“I think this: I think it would probably take a lady several years as an assistant coach after having done something either in the WNBA or at the college level in order to ascend to that kind of a position,” Riley said. “I don’t know if it will occur in the next 10 years, but I could see in 15 or somewhere down the road. Yes, that could happen. That’s something that’s a possibility.”