Celtics announce Kara Lawson as new assistant coach

In this Sunday, April 3, 2016 photo, Kara Lawson, left, and Rebecca Lobo prepare for a ESPN show before a national semifinal game at the women's Final Four in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis. (Darron Cummings/AP)

Former WNBA star Kara Lawson is officially an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics, making her the team’s first female assistant coach in franchise history.

The Celtics made the coaching addition announcement on Wednesday. The team also announced that former Fairmont State head coach Joe Mazzulla and former Maine Red Claws head coach Brandon Bailey will join their coaching staff as an assistant coach.

Lawson played for the Sacramento Monarchs, Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics during her time in the WNBA. She also won gold with the United States women’s national basketball team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Lawson began a broadcast career while she still played in the NBA and serves as a basketball TV analyst for ESPN and the Washington Wizards.

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