In the NBA the San Antonio Spurs have hired WNBA player Becky Hammon to become an assistant coach with the team next season. Hammon is a six-time all-star, so she definitely has the knowledge of the game to be a successful coach. But will the Spurs players accept her coaching? And would an NFL team ever hire a female coach?
We see men coaching females in all types of sports, but it’s rare that you see a female coaching men. Not that it can’t be done, it just hasn’t been. We see women leading men in politics, in corporate America, and just about every segment of society. But for some reason sports has chosen to stay behind the times in comparison to many other professions.Is it because some men have a hard time taking instruction and orders from women? At times coaching can be an intensely emotional job. Most of the successful coaches don’t coddle their players and yelling is sometimes used as a matter of fact way of getting a message across to a player in the heat of the moment. Would men take this from a female coach?
Or would the female not use such tactics for fear of being zoned out by her players? The Spurs players are a professional group led by Tim Duncan, and since head coach Gregg Popovich has decided to hire Hammon, then the rest of the staff and players will have no choice but to fall in line with it whether they liked it or not.
But what about the NFL? There is no sister league to it like the WNBA to the NBA. Football has always been predominantly a masculine dominated sport due to the brute physicality of how the game is played. There are female football leagues out there, but there’s really no equivalent league for a woman to play in that could duplicate the physicality of the NFL.
However, there are many coaches in the NFL who never played in the league. So it’s very possible to acquire an understanding for the game without having played it at that level. If it’s possible for them, then why not a woman? I don’t think there’s ever been a female coach in the NFL, and only once before in the NBA.
So the odds are against it happening in the NFL. But sometimes you never know. We seem to be getting closer to having a female U.S. President at some point in this country. So if woman can lead a entire nation, then why not a football team? It will be interesting to see how Hammon does with the Spurs, and how her coaching career progresses.
Former Spurs assistants are popping up in head coaching jobs all over the NBA if she has the talent, then maybe at some point, a team might consider Becky Hammon for a head coaching job. What do you think? Can you see a woman coaching successfully in the NBA or NFL?