Beck Hammon, the long time star of the WNBA, today was named the first ever female coach of the San Antonio Spurs, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

  She is also the first woman to be a full time assistant coach in the NBA, and the first to be paid by the team.

  Hammon recently announced she would retire from the San Antonio Stars at the conclusion of the season. The Colorado State product is considered one of the best players ever in the WNBA. She is a six time All Star, and was the top vote getter in the Stars All-Decade team.

  "I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff," Head Coach Gregg Popovich said.  "Having observed her working with our team this past season, I am confident that her basketball I.Q., work ethic, and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs."

  Hammon is a six time WNBA All Star, and a two time all WNBA player.

  Hammon is not the first female assistant coach int he NBA.  Lisa Boyer was an assistant to John Lucas with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2001-0220 season. But Boyer wasn't paid by the Cavaliers, she was paid by the WNBA, and she didn't make away game trips, so Hammon is the first female NBA assistant to be paid by the team.