Sixers promote Lindsey Harding to assistant coach


Updated: April 10, 10:54 a.m.

The Sixers are bringing another coach on board for their postseason run.

The team promoted Lindsey Harding from pro scout to assistant coach, making her the seventh female to hold a coaching post in the NBA. News of Harding's hire was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer's Marcus Hayes,

Harding joins the likes of Becky Hammon, who was hired as the first full-time female assistant in 2014, of the Spurs, Jenny Boucek of the Kings, Natalie Nakase of the Clippers, Kristi Toliver of the Wizards and Karen Stack Umlauf for the Bulls. Nancy Lieberman also spent time with the Kings before taking a job as a broadcaster with the Pelicans.

I am very excited about Lindsey’s promotion to Player Development Coach,” Brett Brown said in a statement. “Her many years of basketball experiences and success, will certainly be a welcomed addition to our very diverse and growing coaching staff. The development of our players from a skill acquisition and holistic standpoint, have always been at the forefront of our objectives. Her personality, work ethic and spirit will only add to her ability to coach and help us develop our players. I think she’s going to be a star.

Harding was hired as a pro scout last season and boasts an impressive résumé as a player. Like general manager Elton Brand, she was a star at Duke. She won ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2005-06 and was just the second women’s basketball player to have her number retired by the Blue Devils.

Also like Brand, she was a No. 1 overall pick. Harding was selected first overall in the 2007 WNBA draft by the Phoenix Mercury, but wound up on the Minnesota Lynx after a draft-day trade. She spent nine years in the WNBA and also played professionally overseas.

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