Kings assistant coach Lindsey Harding named head coach of South Sudan’s women’s team

A member of the Sacramento Kings teaching employees will now get the chance to make their mark on the worldwide basketball scene.

Assistant coach Lindsey Harding was named the brand new head coach of the South Sudan girls’s basketball group. Harding joined Sacramento’s employees as a participant improvement coach in 2019. She started her teaching profession on the Toronto Raptors Summer season League group in 2017. Earlier than being employed by the Kings, Harding additionally spent a while with the Philadelphia 76ers as a scout — the primary Black feminine scout within the NBA — earlier than being promoted to a participant improvement coach.

Harding performed 9 seasons within the WNBA after being the highest choose of the 2007 draft. She performed her collegiate profession at Duke, the place she led the Blue Devils to a 32-2 report in her senior yr and was the nationwide participant of the yr. She additionally suited up for the Belarus nationwide group throughout her taking part in profession.

The 36-year-old will take over a South Sudan program that’s nonetheless in its infancy. The group was granted permission to play on this summer season’s FIBA AfroBasket qualifiers, marking the primary time in historical past that the nation will likely be represented at a girls’s competitors. AfroBasket begins on Sept. 17, 2021.

The Kings have been on the forefront of the motion for equality within the NBA. The group had Nancy Lieberman as an assistant coach from 2015-17 and employed Jenny Boucek, who spent a quick time with the group throughout the 2017 marketing campaign.

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