Former Tennessee Women’s basketball standout Kara Lawson is joining the Boston Celtics as an assistant, league sources told ESPN on Thursday.
The ESPN analyst, who has also been a television analyst for the Washington Wizards for the past three seasons, is the latest of a growing group of women’s coaches in the NBA. Lawson joins San Antonio’s Becky Hammon, Dallas’ Jenny Boucek and Cleveland’s Lindsay Gottlieb.
The 38-year-old Virginia native was recently inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on June 15 in Nashville. Lawson, who played for Pat Summitt at Tennessee from 1999-2003, played 12 seasons in the WNBA and won a WNBA Championship with the Sacramento Monarchs in 2005. Lawson was also part of the United States Women’s National team that won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
Lawson has been coaching USA Basketball’s 3-on-3 teams that are participating in FIBA competitions and preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.