Former WNBA head coach Jenny Boucek has been hired as an assistant coach for player development by the Sacramento Kings, becoming the second active female assistant in the NBA. She joins San Antonio Spurs assistant and former WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon as the lone women on a full-time staff of an NBA team, as Hammon is in her fourth year with the Spurs.
Boucek’s coaching career began as an assistant for seven years, which was highlighted by winning a WNBA title with the Seattle Storm in 2004. She then served as the head coach of the defunct Sacramento Monarchs from 2007-2009 before being fired and returning to Seattle as an assistant from 2010-2014. While in Sacramento, she led the Monarchs to two playoff appearances and compiled a 40-41 record.
After serving as an assistant for five years under head coach Brian Agler and capturing another WNBA title, Boucek became the head coach of the Storm in 2015 and led the team to the playoffs in 2016. However, after compiling a 36-58 record, Boucek was fired this season by Seattle.
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Boucek will not be the first female assistant coach for the Kings, as Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman served as an assistant under former head coach George Karl and current head coach Dave Joerger for the past two seasons.