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Mavericks hire Jenny Boucek to the coaching staff

The former WNBA head coach will serve as the assistant to the basketball staff/special projects.

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Dallas Mavericks Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Carlisle announced that the Dallas Mavericks have hired former Kings assistant coach Jenny Boucek as the assistant to the basketball staff. When Boucek took the job with Sacramento last season she was the third woman to coach for an NBA team after Becky Hammon and Nancy Lieberman.

Like Rick Carlisle, Jenny Boucek played her collegiate basketball for the University of Virginia, where she was a four year starter. Her professional playing career lasted only two seasons, one of which was the WNBA’s first season in 1997.

Her first season as a coach came in 1999 in the WNBA as the Washington Mystics’ assistant coach. She served as an assistant coach in the WNBA from 2000-2003 with the Miami Sol, and from 2004-2006 with the Seattle Storm where the Storm won the title in her final season with the team.

Shortly after her stint with the Storm, Boucek was hired by the Sacramento Monarchs as their head coach where she held the position for three seasons. Her next head coaching gig was with the Seattle Storm from 2015-2017.

With the Kings, Boucek was hired as a player development coach, which is a similar role to the one for which she was hired with the Mavericks. Now that the Mavs have a roster full of youth, Boucek will likely play an important role in developing these young players into reaching their their full potential.

Rick Carlislse had high praise for Jenny Boucek back in April, and also had recent comments when the Mavericks announced they hired her.

“She will be involved in wide-ranging basketball assignments,” Carlisle said. “Jenny is a veteran WNBA head coach and was a player development coach last season for the Sacramento Kings. “I consider her one of the brightest minds in our game and welcome her to Dallas.”