Mystics Star Kristi Toliver Becomes Third Woman Ever Hired as NBA Assistant Coach

Kristi Toliver, 31, is the third woman ever to serve on an NBA bench

WNBA All-Star Kristi Toliver will be an assistant coach for player development for the NBA's Washington Wizards this season.

Toliver, 31, is the third woman ever to serve on an NBA bench, after Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs and and Jenny Boucek of the Dallas Mavericks. 

She said she was honored to join the same category as Hammon.

"I know she's going to be somebody that I can ask questions to," Toliver told NBC Sports. "I will pick her brain about how she played, and I will pick her brain about how she is coaching." 

Toliver played for the Washington Mystics and helped them reach the WNBA Finals this year, when she also assisted the Wizards' coaching staff during the NBA Summer League and training game. She is a 10-year pro and two-time All-Star who won an NCAA title at Maryland in 2006.

Her job was one of several changes to coach Scott Brooks' staff announced by the Wizards on Tuesday, two days before they host the Miami Heat to open the season.

She joins David Adkins, Mike Terpstra and Maz Trakh on the back of the Wizards' bench. Alex McLean and Landon Tatum were both promoted to assistant coach for player development.

Robert Pack and Ryan Richman will be with Brooks and Tony Brown on the front of the bench.

Pack was a scout for the Portland Trail Blazers last season, after spending two seasons as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Pelicans. He also was an assistant to Brooks with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013-15.

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