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Nancy Lieberman-Cline

Hailed as one of the greats of women’s basketball, Nancy Lieberman-Cline set a record as the youngest Olympic medalist in basketball and was inducted into multiple sports halls of fame. Lieberman-Cline played from an early age and won a silver medal at the 1976 Olympics in her senior year of high school. At Old Dominion University in Virginia, she won multiple trophies and All-American team honors, and played with the world champion US women’s national team. After college, Lieberman-Cline played in the Women’s Basketball League, but when the WBL briefly disbanded, she became the first woman to play for a men’s professional team, the Springfield Flame of Massachusetts, and later for the Washington Generals. From 1998–2000, she served as head coach and general manager of the WNBA Detroit Shock team, as well as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2009, she became the first woman to coach a professional men’s basketball team, the Texas Legends, and as of 2014 serves as assistant general manager to the team. She has been honored by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, among others.

Nancy Lieberman
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Pioneering athlete and coach, Nancy Lieberman was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. She now coaches the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League affiliate team and is the first woman to coach a men's team. Photo courtesy of Staci Kramer.
Date of Birth
July 1, 1958
Place of Birth
Brooklyn, New York

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