SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs hired WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach.
Hammon plans to retire from the San Antonio Stars after this season. She joins South Carolina assistant Lisa Boyer, who served on John Lucas’s staff in Cleveland in 2001-02, as women to coach in the NBA.
Hammon spent some time around the Spurs during last season’s run to the championship, and coach Gregg Popovich said she made a strong impression. Popovich said he’s “confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”
College of Charleston fires coach Wojcik
COLUMBIA, S.C. — College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell fired men’s basketball coach Doug Wojcik.
The move came more than a month after the school said it was investigating Wojcik, whom players, assistant coaches and staffers in the athletic department said he verbally abused them.
McConnell said in a statement that Wojcik’s dismissal was immediate and for cause. He did not detail reasons for the move and said he and the school would have no further comments about it.
By firing Wojcik with cause, the school is trying to avoid paying the $1.2 million still owed him for the final three seasons of his five-year contract. Wojcik’s attorney Scott Tompsett said in a statement that the College of Charleston did not make a good faith attempt to reach a settlement in the matter and became desperate to invent a reason to fire a coach.