The Milwaukee Bucks have promoted head video coordinator Sidney Dobner to the role of assistant coach. She will be the first female assistant coach in franchise history. The Bucks announced the promotion on social media this morning.
Sidney Dobner enters her 6th season with the Bucks and has recently been promoted to become the first female assistant coach in franchise history!! pic.twitter.com/9juqE29y9M
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) June 28, 2023
The Milwaukee Bucks Coaching Staff Includes Sidney Dobner
Adrian Griffin, of course, is the new head coach of the Bucks. He was hired after a long search following the dismissal of Mike Budenholzer after Milwaukee’s opening round loss to the Miami Heat.
Other coaches on Griffin’s staff include:
- Terry Stotts
- Joe Prunty
- Josh Oppenheimer
- Vin Baker
- Sidney Dobner
- Patrick Mutumbo
- DJ Bakker
- Nate Mitchell
According to Sports Illustrated, Dobner has worked her way up through the organization over the last six seasons:
“Dobner began her career with the Bucks in 2018 when she was brought on to work for the team’s G League affiliate squad, the Wisconsin Herd. She became an intern for the basketball operations department the following season. She hopped on to the Bucks during the team’s championship season in 2020-2021 and has been preparing for this moment ever since.”
Dobner becomes one of six women that are currently assistant coaches in the NBA. The other are:
- Jenny Boucek (Pacers)
- Lindsey Harding (Kings)
- Sonia Raman (Grizzlies)
- Kristi Toliver (Mavericks)
- Teresa Weatherspoon (Pelicans)
Of course, the most recognizable female name in the history of NBA coaching is Becky Hammond. Many believed, and still do, that she could be a head coach in the NBA. She was the first full-time female assistant coach in league history when the San Antonio Spurs hired her in 2014.
She left the NBA in 2022 to become the head coach of the WNBA Las Vegas Aces.
Often forgotten about in NBA history is that the first female assistant coach was Lisa Boyer, who held a coaching position with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2001-2002.