Pels promote Weatherspoon to full-time position

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Andrew LopezESPN

The New Orleans Pelicans announced their coaching staff under Stan Van Gundy on Monday afternoon and the team is elevating Naismith Hall of Famer and WNBA legend Teresa Weatherspoon to a full-time coaching position.

Weatherspoon, 54, becomes the eighth full-time female assistant coach in the NBA. She joined the New Orleans Pelicans’ organization last as a two-way player development coach who split her time between New Orleans and the team’s G-League affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania. Now, she’ll spend all of her time with the Pelicans.

Weatherspoon was a two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, a five-time All-Star and a four-time second-team selection in her playing career. She was also the women’s head coach at Louisiana Tech, her alma mater, from 2009 to 2014. She led them to a pair of regular-season conference titles in 2009 and 2011 and a conference tournament title in 2010.

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She joins Toronto’s Brittni Donaldson, Cleveland’s Lindsay Gottlieb, Dallas’ Jenny Boucek, San Antonio’s Becky Hammon and Memphis’ Sonia Raman as women who are on-the-bench assistants in the NBA, while Sacramento’s Lindsey Harding and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Natalie Nakase are full-time player development

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