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Nancy Lieberman

Hailed as one of the greats of women’s basketball, Nancy Lieberman set a record as the youngest Olympic medalist in basketball and was inducted into multiple sports halls of fame. Lieberman 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 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 until 2015 served as their assistant general manager. In 2015 she became assistant coach to the Sacramento Kings. She has been honored by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, among others.

Nancy Lieberman at NBA All-Star Game, February 12, 2010
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Nancy Lieberman and others at an NBA All-Star celebrity game presented by Final Fantasy XIII held at the Dallas Convention Center on February 12, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.
Courtesy of Staci Kramer/Flickr.
Date of Birth
July 1, 1958
Place of Birth
Brooklyn, New York

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