The WNBA announced that Becky Hammon had been voted the Coach of the Year for the 2022 season.
— WNBA (@WNBA) August 26, 2022
Hammon led the Aces to a 26-10 record, tied with the Chicago Sky for the best record in the League. The Aces also won the 2022 Commissioner’s Cup after beating the Sky, 93-83 in July. Las Vegas earned the No. 1 seed after earning the tiebreaker over the Sky. Hammon is the first former player to win the award during her debut season on the sidelines and she’s the third former player to earn the COTY award overall.
The Aces coach became the second-ever female NBA coach when she worked the sideline as a Spurs assistant coach on Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff from 2014-2022. During her time on the Spurs coaching staff, she became the first-ever female head coach of a Summer League team in 2015. That same season, the Spurs won the Las Vegas Summer League title. She also became the first woman to serve on an All-Star coaching staff.
Hammon decided to sign on as the Aces’ head coach and first million-dollar coach after an offseason full of interviews for high-profile NBA head coach and GM jobs. She received prior offers and calls from the WNBA, including one from the Liberty that she nearly signed.
The Aces return to action on Sunday to play Game 1 of their series against the Seattle Storm. The semifinal series will feature a record seven former No. 1 overall picks being played between the Aces and Storm.