This Day in Black History: Aug. 16, 2001

This Day in Black History: Aug. 16, 2001

Stephanie Ready became the first woman to coach a professional men's league team.

Published August 16, 2014

On Aug. 16, 2001, Stephanie Ready proved she was "ready" to take on the National Basketball Association, becoming the first woman to ever coach a men's professional league team. From 2001 to 2003, she served as assistant coach of the now-defunct Greenville Grove, part of the NBA's Development League.

Of her achievement, she told NBC's Matt Lauer in 2001: "I'm very excited about being a part of the NBA family, and if I can help any little girls or little boys think that maybe they can do anything that they dream about, then I'm happy." The team won the D-League Championship in 2002.

Ready previously played four years of college basketball at Coppin State University, an HBCU in Baltimore, before serving as the team's assistant coach. Today, she is a sideline reporter for the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Written by Britt Middleton


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