Before the WNBA season was over, Seattle elected to release head coach Jenny Boucek of her responsibilities. Luckily for her, she was not out of work very long as the Sacramento Kings have hired Boucek as an assistant coach for player development.
Sacramento’s head coach Dave Joerger is one of many NBA connections Boucek has but shared she had a very close relationship with him in a release by ESPN:
"A lot of my lineage has been with NBA guys who've shared information with me," Boucek said. "When I was let go [from the Storm], several of my friends in the NBA reached out, and this opportunity felt right to spend some time with Dave and his coaching staff this summer. Then I came back for training camp."
"This is such an exciting opportunity. I don't feel it's really different between the NBA and WNBA in how you teach things. There are some logistical differences in the NBA, being a bigger organization with a bigger staff. But in terms of the game, coaching is the same. The guys have been super receptive."
Boucek joins Becky Hammon (San Antonio Spurs) as one of two female coaches on staff currently in the NBA. Furthermore, she becomes the second woman coach the Kings have had after Nancy Lieberman served as an assistant coach recently.