Stephanie Ready is set to become the NBA’s first full-time female game analyst this season, calling games for the Charlotte Hornets, the latest move in a groundbreaking career. From a young age Ready was a serious athlete, earning a scholarship to play basketball at Coppin State University, a historically black college in Baltimore. Ready excelled at school, graduating cum laude and finishing in the top ten of the school’s’ career list for steals, assists, points, and rebounds.
After graduation, Ready joined the school’s staff, becoming head coach of the women’s volleyball team and then an assistant for the school’s men’s basketball team, becoming the third woman ever to coach Division 1 basketball. Her next move was becoming the first woman to coach a men’s professional sports team as an assistant coach with the Greenville Groove, a NBA Development League team. Ready then briefly coached the WNBA’s Washington Mystics before joining the Charlotte Bobcat’s broadcast team.
The trailblazer’s career has garnered a lot of attention, and she welcomes it: “When I was growing up,” she says, “I didn’t see a lot of women on TV, period… especially in sports… I feel a responsibility to the next generation to show them anything is possible.”
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