South Dakota Coaching MINDS, Hammon, Miller and Tibbetts are Hot Commodities this spring

Could Becky Hammon be the first female Head-Coach in NBA history?


Earlier this week the Milwaukee Bucks, of the NBA, made it official announcing that former Rapid City Stevens player, Becky Hammon will be interviewing for the head coaching job for the Bucks. 

It has been a career of historical moments for Hammon, who now becomes the first woman, IN HISTORY, to interview to be the Head Coach of a men's NBA team. 

The thing is she's qualified!!

As a four-year assistant with the Spurs, Hammon already has a lot going in her favor. The disciples of Gregg Popovich, who has won five NBA titles and is widely considered one of the best coaches in league history, have gone on to achieve plenty of success in the NBA.

Spurs head coach, Greg Popovic and NBA Great LeBron James both spoke highly of Hammon during an interview with the New Yorker last month. 

Gregg Popovich - “She knows what she knows and she knows what she doesn’t, and, what she doesn’t know, she gets ... in the film room, or nails down one of the other coaches,” Popovich said. “I think she’s a star.”

LeBron James - “I mean, listen, at the end of the day, basketball, it’s not about male or female. If you know the game, you know the game.”

Hammond may not get the Bucks job, but the Popovich tree of coaches has been extremely successful, and at some point, the former Rapid City Stevens coach will be an NBA head coach.

Remarkable...Check out her incredible journey on Wikipedia.

Penny Hardaway Hires Mike Miller as an assistant for Memphis: 


Former NBA Rookie of the Year and two-time world champion Mike Miller has reached an agreement in principle to join Penny Hardaway's staff at Memphis, a source told CBS Sports early Thursday.

A formal announcement is expected soon.

Miller, 38, made it clear in recent weeks that he wanted to enter the college coaching profession -- and he met with Hardaway for a second time Tuesday to finalize details. The 2006 NBA Sixth Man of the Year played 17 seasons in the NBA, including seven with the Memphis Grizzlies, and has made Memphis his permanent home since retiring after last season. He's also sponsored a prominent grassroots basketball program in Memphis for years that's been run by his cousin, Ernie Kuyper, and helped create relationships with prospects.

This development -- combined with the hiring of Memphis graduate and former Ole Miss assistant Tony Madlock -- means Hardaway has filled two assistant spots.

Nate Tibbett's a finalist for Atlanta Hawks head-coaching job...


Tibbetts joined the 76ers in 2009 after spending four seasons with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League. After two seasons as an assistant with the Skyforce, Tibbetts was promoted to head coach prior the 2007-08 season. In two seasons at the helm, Tibbetts guided Sioux Falls to a 53-47 (.530) mark including a playoff berth during the 2007-08 season.



Before joining the Skyforce in 2005, Tibbetts was an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Sioux Falls for four years (2001-05). In his four seasons at USF, the Cougars posted a record of 92-44 (.676), including two trips to the NAIA Division II National Tournament. The 2003-04 team posted a school record 26 wins before falling to Bellevue University (Neb.) 72-60 in the Final Four of the NAIA Division II Tournament.



Tibbetts enjoyed a successful collegiate career at the University of South Dakota. He ranks second all-time in the USD record books in career assists (678) and steals (215). He was named to the All-North Central Conference (NCC) team in 2000-01 and Honorable Mention All-NCC in 1999-00.










As accomplished as Hammon is — she had a successful playing career, played in the Olympics for Russia in 2008 and 2012, is an assistant coach for one of the best franchises in the NBA over the past two decades, coached the Spurs' summer-league team to a championship in 2015 and more — mentions of her name in the context of coaching in the NBA still leads to strong, sexist responses. That's becoming less true in the NBA, but the sentiment remains alive in the cesspool of social media.

“My motives shouldn’t be to change people’s minds,” Hammon told The New Yorker. “My job is to be the best that I can be, and if that changes your mind then great, but I can’t be consumed with how you feel about me.”