Is Spurs' Hammon the top candidate for CSU's basketball head coaching spot?
According to an article via Yahoo! Sports, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon could be given a new coaching opportunity.
After spending her college years at Colorado State University, Hammon is reported to be the frontrunner to become the latest head coach of the men’s basketball team.
At Colorado State, where veteran coach Larry Eustachy resigned as the basketball coach, there’s been a public openness to – and even clamoring for – an unprecedented coaching hire. Athletic director Joe Parker has been quoted publicly saying that he’d considered hiring San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon as the men’s basketball coach.
“It’s the most frequently asked question I get, and recommended candidate,” Parker told Coloradoan.com. “I’m not closing the door on any thought.”
After becoming the head coach in 2012, Larry Eustachy recently resigned from the position.
This opens the door for Hammon to take on the position. If she did, she would become the first woman to be the head coach of a division one men’s basketball team.
With all of these rumors going around, Hammon has not said a word about whether or not she’s going to take the job.
However, Spurs' RC Buford spoke on Hammon to Yahoo! Sports.
Spurs general manager R.C. Buford, reached by phone by Yahoo Sports on Monday, lauded Hammon’s work ethic, basketball savvy and “emotional IQ that’s so important to being a successful coach.”
“She’s got the respect of our coaches, our players and our organization. She has great insight at two different levels, both in the coaching environment and strategic discussions and she can also take [instruction] to our players and discuss with them.”
For now she’s going to focus on the Spurs and try to help them get back to form.