SAN ANTONIO: The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs have hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the second female to join a regular season coaching staff. The 37-year-old Hammon becomes the first female coach since Lisa Boyer helped coach the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2001-02. Boyer worked part-time while Hammon has been brought on as a full-time employee starting next season. Hammon plays for the San Antonio Stars in the Women’s National Basketball Association but has announced she will retire at the end of the season. Hammon has spent 16 years in the WNBA and ranks seventh in history in points (5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445).