Amid an offseason of changes across the board, the New Orleans Pelicans added Teresa Weatherspoon, a Naismith Hall of Famer, to their coaching staff.
Entering a season with a full makeover of their basketball operations, the New Orleans Pelicans are still making changes. While the team already made a few changes to their coaching staff, it seems the team is still making some adjustments.
Yesterday afternoon, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN announced that the Pelicans had added a new coach to their roster, WNBA-Great Teresa Weatherspoon.
New Orleans is hiring Teresa Weatherspoon to its coaching staff, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 26, 2019
Weatherspoon plays an incredibly important role in Alvin Gentry’s coaching staff, focusing on player development for a roster loaded with young talent. Including the development of Zion Williamson, the Pelicans have 14 players on their training camp roster under 25-years-old.
Spending five seasons directing her alma mater Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters, Weatherspoon amassed a 99-71 record as a head coach. She also won two Western Athletic Conference championships and led the team to two NCAA Tournament appearances before being let go following the 2014 season.
Earlier in the offseason, the New Orleans Pelicans hired Swin Cash, a former WNBA player, and executive, to be the vice president of basketball operations and player to development for their front office.
Significant for the organization, Weatherspoon will be the first woman to be a member of the New Orleans Pelicans coaching staff. The Pelicans join the increasing number of forward-thinking organizations introducing women into greater roles in a historically male-dominated business.
Currently, the team is under the ownership of Gayle Benson, one of four women in acting as the primary owner for an NBA franchise. It’ll be interesting to monitor if, under Benson, the team continues to think progressively in their personnel decisions.