Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Boston Celtics add two women to their staff this summer. Kara Lawson as an assistant coach, and Allison Feaster as Director of Player Development.

The Boston Celtics have had a busy off season in 2019.  The free agent signings of Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter, kind of take the spot light off of some of the other things surrounding the team.  The Celtics hired two women this summer: Kara Lawson and Allison Feaster.

Kara Lawson was hired as an assistant coach this summer.  She becomes this first woman coach in Celtics history.  Lawson was a standout basketball player for the University of Tennessee.  She then went on to be a first round pick in the 2003 WNBA Draft, where she would win a championship two years later.  In 2008, Lawson won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

After retiring from the WNBA in 2015, Lawson has spent some time as an analyst for ESPN and the Washington Wizards.  Coach Stevens revealed that when scouting the Washington Wizards, he would listen to Lawson’s shows on the radio.  He said that “she has really great insight” and could use her analysis when scouting.  Lawson’s impressive resume speaks for itself, as she heads into her first year as a coach.

Allison Feaster is the other woman who the Celtics hired this summer.  Feaster was a First Team All-Ivy League player all four years while at Harvard.  She would go on to earn Ivy-League Player of the Year three times, becoming the first person in any sport to do so.  Feaster would go on to play in the WNBA and in Europe.  Feaster knows basketball and her skills on and off the court will come in handy for the Boston Celtics.

Feaster was hired as the Director of Player Development.  She has previously worked in the public relations department for the NBA developmental league.  I think her experience as a standout basketball player, combined with her time playing in Europe, and of course her time in the D-League, are what makes her qualified for the position.

Danny Ainge sat down with Shira Springer of WBUR, and had this to say about the Boston Celtics hiring two women this summer:

“Brad and I have talked a lot about this. I believe that women bring a different perspective in any sort of business. If I had a board of 15 people, I would want probably 14 women and me. But at least 50/50. Brad feels the same way.”

Ainge continues on:

“My wife counsels me all the time and Brad’s wife is actually his agent. I feel like there’s a different perspective. And we have a lot of players also that are raised by single mothers. But I think that’s the biggest thing, I believe men and women are different. And they bring different perspective. These two women that we brought in are very, very well educated and experienced in the world of basketball. And I think they’re going to bring great perspective to our coaching staff and our organization.”

As Danny said, men and women have different perspectives and are just different.  Most people probably have never had a female coach before; I know I haven’t.  But to Danny’s point, Kara Lawson has already worked with Carsen Edwards this summer.  Edwards is a sharp shooting guard, similar to Lawson back in her playing days.  It seems to have been a good workout between the rookie coach and guard.

Women joining the coaching staff’s of professional sports are a growing trend in today’s sports world.  In 2014, Becky Hammon became the first full-time female assistant coach, being hired by the San Antonio Spurs.  Don’t be surprised when you see more women being hired to the coaching staff’s of professional sports.  It won’t be long before a woman becomes the head coach of a team.

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My name is Justin, I'm from Rhode Island, and I'm a HUGE New England sports fan. Sports are important part of my life, which works out well seeing as I follow the greatest sports city in the country!

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