Sports Speaker Rebecca “Becky” Hammon has the hustle and heart for making hoop history. Most recently, she was hired as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. She became the second female coach in the NBA and claimed the title for the first full-time female coach in any of the four major professional sports categories in the United States to date.
Basketball has always been a major part of Becky’s life. After graduating high school, she went on to play college basketball for the Colorado State Rams. Her prolific scoring for the Rams made her Colorado Sportswoman of the Year as well as an All-American. During the 1998-1999 season, she led her team to a 33-3 record and helped them advance into the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. She was named WAC Mountain Division Player of the year and surpassed the all-time leading score within the division.
Becky set numerous all-time records during her college career for the Colorado State Rams including assists, points, points per game, free throws made, field goals made and three point field goals made. In 2004, she was inducted into the Colorado State University Hall of Fame and the following year, her #25 jersey was retired.
Becky became a professional in 1999 when joined the New York Liberty. She was later traded to the Tennessee Fury in 2003 where she led the league in scoring. At the end of her 2005 season with the Colorado Chill’s, she was named to the All-WNBA Team.
When she was traded to the Silver Stars during the second round of the 2008 WNBA draft, her professional career took off. She had her best season in 2007 and earned the nickname “Big Shot Becky” because of her ability to score shots under pressure.
Before hanging up her jersey in 2014, she earned her seventh WNBA All-Star selection and became the only player to participate in three different All-Star games with two different teams in the history of the WNBA. Her biggest honor came when she was named to the WNBA Top Fifteen Best Players of All-Time.
In 2008, Becky fulfilled her lifelong dream of competing in the Olympics. She was invited by the Russian National Team and helped them score a bronze medal. She became a two time Olympian athlete when she played for the Russia again during the 2012 Olympic games.
In addition to her numerous accolades, Becky has been actively involved with the Hammonites “Becky’s Birthday Charity Drive”. Since its founding back in 2008, the charity drive raises money for a local San Antonio charity for Becky’s birthday every year. Not only does Becky match the donations, but she also enjoys sending the same amount to other relief efforts such as the tsunami victims in Japan and Haiti.