PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – After being hired by the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers this past summer as a scout, former Duke University women’s basketball standout Lindsey Harding has already been elevated within the organization as she has been promoted to player development coach.
In August, Harding was hired as a scout becoming the second former WNBA player to be hired for a full-time scouting position with a NBA team.
In her new role, Harding’s primary responsibility will be to monitor and continuously develop players’ skillsets through on-court training and daily film breakdown. She will assist the player development department in executing the on-court player development program while supporting the players’ off-court development as well.
“Lindsey Harding has quickly become a valued member of our organization and she possesses a great basketball mind,” said 76ers General Manager Elton Brand. “Promoting Lindsey to Player Development Coach was a natural fit and our players and staff will greatly benefit from her extensive basketball experience. We look forward to the work she will do on and off the court, in further developing our roster.”
Harding, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft, spent last season in the NBA’s Basketball Operations Associates program, after officially retiring as a player in 2017 following nine years in the WNBA. Four years ago, Harding worked as an assistant coach on the Toronto Raptors summer league coaching staff.
“I am very excited about Lindsey’s promotion to Player Development Coach,” said 76ers head coach Brett Brown. “Her many years of basketball experiences and success, will certainly be a welcomed addition to our very diverse and growing coaching staff. The development of our players from a skill acquisition and holistic standpoint, have always been at the forefront of our objectives. Her personality, work ethic and spirit will only add to her ability to coach and help us develop our players. I think she’s going to be a star.”
In the WNBA, Harding competed in 270 contests, while making 210 starts from the 2007 to 2016 campaign. Her teams advanced to the WNBA playoffs in seven of the nine years she played with Minnesota, Washington, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Phoenix. Harding held career averages of 9.8 points, 4.0 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals. She was a WNBA All-Star choice in 2010.
Harding represented Belarus in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil to close out her basketball career.
A native of Houston, Texas, Harding earned both National Player of the Year and National Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 with Duke University. She helped lead the Blue Devils to a 128-12 record, three ACC regular season crowns, two ACC Tournament titles and four trips to the NCAA Tournament with a pair of appearances in the Final Four. The three-time All-ACC and two-time All-America selection also received ACC Player of the Year accolades in 2007 and was the recipient of the Mary Garber Award, an honor presented annually to the top female student-athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Harding, a three-time member of the ACC’s All-Defense unit and two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year honoree, graduated as the school’s all-time leader in assists (579) and closed her tenure with career averages of 9.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game. On January 20, 2008, Harding’s jersey No. 10 was hoisted to the rafters of historic Cameron Indoor Stadium to celebrate her accomplishments. She will be enshrined into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 21, 2018.
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