Becky Hammon hired as head coach for the Las Vegas Aces
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — On Friday, Becky Hammon was announced as the new head coach for the Las Vegas Aces Friday.
Las Vegas Aces President Nikki Fargas said the team hired the six-time WNBA All-Star, and they’re excited to have Hammon return to the Aces’ franchise.
“Her success in the sport of basketball as both a player and a coach is unparalleled, and fueled by a tenacious desire to be the best she can possibly be,” Fargas said. “We have one of the most talented rosters in the WNBA, and Becky is the absolute best person to lead this team.”
Hammon also expressed her excitement for returning.
“I am so excited to return to the WNBA and grateful for Mark Davis and Nikki Fargas having a vision for me to lead the Aces,” said Hammon. “This is where I come from, and I wouldn’t be me without the W. I’m thrilled to be able to give back and lead this next group of women.”
Hammon replaces Bill Laimbeer, who coached the Aces for the team’s first four years in Las Vegas. The former Pistons Bad Boy led the Aces to three WNBA Semifinals appearances, and the 2020 WNBA Finals.
“We are forever thankful for the dedication and commitment Bill Laimbeer has made to the Aces organization and to the WNBA,” added Fargas. “He has been completely encouraging and supportive of this transition, and is as excited as the rest of us are to see what the future holds for this team and this city.”
Hammon played 16 seasons in the WNBA, including her final eight in San Antonio, where she led the franchise to its first finals appearance.