Boston Celtics hire former Lady Vol Kara Lawson as assistant coach

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BOSTON, (WVLT/ESPN) -- A report from ESPN said the Boston Celtics are hiring former Lady Vol, Kara Lawson as an assistant coach.

ESPN reports that former Lady Vol Kara Lawson has been hired by the Celtics as an assistant coach. (WVLT)

Lawson currently works for ESPN and has been a television analyst for the Washington Wizards in the past, the report said.

Another well known Vol, Grant Willams joined the Celtics this year and is set to wear number 40. He tells WVLT news that he's already hitting it off with his new teammates.

Lawson becomes just the fourth woman to serve as a coach in the NBA, joining the likes of the San Antonio Spurs' Becky Hammon, the Dallas Mavericks' Jenny Boucek and the Cleveland Cavaliers' Lindsay Gottlieb. Hammon became the first female assistant coach in the NBA in 2014, while Boucek became a coach for the Dallas Mavericks prior to the start of the 2018-19 season. Gottlieb was recently hired by the Cavaliers.

The 38-year-old Lawson had served as an NBA commentator for ESPN and a TV analyst for the Washington Wizards over the past few years. She was a WNBA champion in 2005 with the Sacramento Monarchs and was named to the WNBA All-Star team in 2007. She is also known for being a member of the women's Olympic team that took gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Her WNBA playing career lasted from 2003 until 2015 and her coaching gig with the Celtics will mark her debut as a coach in professional basketball.

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