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Staley Leads USA U18 To Gold
University of South Carolina Women’s head basketball coach Dawn Staley led Team USA’s U18 team in their 104-76 win over Canada Sunday. Staley served as the team’s head coach. “I thought Canada played extremely well,” said USA head coach Dawn Staley (University of South Carolina). “I just thought overall, over a 40-minute period, I thought we kept fresh legs in there and made them play a little bit quicker than they wanted to play. I thought our players just really, on both sides of the ball, executed the game plan.”
Spurs Name Becky Hammon Assistant Coach
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that Becky Hammon has been hired as an assistant coach. Per club policy terms of the contract were not announced.
Hammon, who is currently in her 16th WNBA season, announced on July 23 that she would retire as a player at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All-Time in July of 2011, Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (with 5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445).
“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”
A six-time WNBA All-Star, Hammon has spent the last eight seasons with the San Antonio Stars. She is the Stars all-time leader in assists (1,112) and three-point field goals made (493) while ranking second in franchise history in points (3,442) and games (218). In 2012 Hammon was the top vote getter for the Stars All-Decade Team.
In her WNBA career Hammon has appeared in 445 regular season games, averaging 13.1 points, 3.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 28.0 minutes. She has earned All-WNBA First Team honors twice (in 2007 and 2009) and was named to the All-WNBA Second Team in 2005 and 2008.
A three-time All-American at Colorado State, Hammon went unpicked in the 1999 WNBA Draft. She signed with the New York Liberty in May of 1999 and spent eight seasons with the Liberty before being traded to the Stars in a draft night deal in 2007.
Becky Hammon To Retire
San Antonio Stars guard Becky Hammon announced Wednesday that she will retire at the end of the 2014 season.
Becky Hammon is the WNBA’s all-time leader in free throw percentage. Hammon, a 16-year veteran, is the Stars’ all-time leader in assists, points per game and 3-pointers made.
“Becky Hammon has made a lasting mark on the San Antonio Stars and the WNBA,” Stars general manager and head coach Dan Hughes said in a release. “She has worked tirelessly to become the best she could be on and off the floor. She has inspired in a wonderful way. The beauty of her game has been an amazing thing to have had a front row seat for.”
The six-time All-Star averaged 13.1 points a game. Hammon ranks first in WNBA history in free throw percentage — 86.9 percent, with a minimum of 300 attempts. She is second in 3-pointers made, with 817.
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Mike has been representing professional basketball players around the world since 1994.
A graduate of Hendrix College in 1987 with a BA in Spanish, Mike received a Masters Degree in Hispanic Studies from Auburn University in 1994. His background includes playing basketball at Hendrix College and then in mid-level leagues and tours in Brazil, Spain and Tunisia (North Africa). He has also coached on professional club teams in North Africa; prior to that he was the youngest high school head coach in the state of Arkansas in 1988-89.
Mike was a college Spanish professor at Auburn University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for six years before becoming a sports agent full time. As an agent for female basketball players, Mike has negotiated over 450 contracts in the WNBA for players from more than 40 U.S. universities and 12 countries; he has negotiated more than 1100 contracts in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America.
Mike has lived in Spain, Mexico, and Tunisia, North Africa, where he met his wife Cindy. He is fluent in Spanish, Arabic and proficient in Italian, Portuguese and French. Mike and Cindy have one son, Jerry, and reside in Chattanooga, TN.
Tom joined the Cound group in 2006 as the Director of Operations. In addition to overseeing contract negotiations and placement of clients, Tom is the Chief Operating officer of the Coaches Division of the agency.
He brings with him an immeasurable amount of experience in the world of women’s basketball at all levels. Considered an excellent evaluator of talent, he has proven success scouting prospects across the globe.
Prior to joining the Cound Group he served as the Director of Player Personnel for the WNBA’s Houston Comets. His primary responsibilities included player evaluation, draft preparation and salary cap management.
Tom joined the Comets after serving as the Associate Head Coach at the University of Memphis. Prior to his work at Memphis, Tom spent five seasons with the Detroit Shock of the WNBA serving as assistant coach and Director of Scouting.
A native of Dallas, Texas. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. Tom also earned at Master’s degree in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami. Currently based in Houston, Texas, Tom is married to the former Jae Kingi of Australia. The couple has four daughters, Jenisha, Taylor, Cale and Haylee.