Basketball · Winter Sports

Report: NBA’s Hammon is leading candidate for Gators HC job

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin appears poised to make a huge decision on the future of Florida’s women’s basketball team. 

Swish Appeal is reporting that Stricklin has narrowed his list to three candidates, and that San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon is the top choice.  The report also indicates that Hammon will visit Gainesville and the UF campus in the next few days. 

Hammon is a former WNBA player that has spent the last three seasons as the NBA’s first female full-time coach. Hammon has also taken on role of head coach during Summer League ball for the Spurs organization. 

Hammon played collegiately at Colorado State and finished her career as the highest scorer in Western Athletic Conference history (men’s or women’s).

Hammon is in the New York Liberty’s Ring of Honor, and also had her number 25 jersey retired by the San Antonio Stars, the only WNBA franchises she played for.

Hammon would be a terrific choice to guide the Florida women and should be a great recruiter. After all, no other coach in women’s college basketball can talk about their experience in the NBA.  

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