Stephanie Ready
American basketball player-coach
Stephanie Ready
Stephanie Ready is an American basketball coach who became the first female coach of a men's professional league team in 2001. From 2001 to 2003, she was an assistant coach for the now defunct Greenville Groove of the National Basketball Development League (the minor league of the National Basketball Association). Ready serves as a sideline reporter for the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association.
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NBA's first female full-time analyst
CNN - about 1 year
Stephanie Ready works as a full-time analyst for the Hornets on FOX Sports Southeast. She's the first full-time NBA game analyst for a team's local broadcast.
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NBA's first female full-time analyst
CNN - about 1 year
Stephanie Ready works as a full-time analyst for the Hornets on FOX Sports Southeast. She's the first full-time NBA game analyst for a team's local broadcast.
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The NBA Lockout Beyond Basketball - Rufus on Fire
Google News - over 5 years
I want to see a beaming Stephanie Ready's return to the court after having her baby during this past season. I want to hear Dell Curry's "YOUNG FELLA" on my television after Tyrus Thomas puts some unlucky sucker on a poster
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NYTimes - almost 12 years
AUTO RACING NASCAR--Fined driver Shane Hmiel $10,000, docked him 25 points and docked car owner Todd Braun 25 points after Hmiel made an obscene gesture at Dale Jarrett during an April 4 race. Fined driver Denny Hamlin $5,000 and placed him on probation until Aug. 31 for hitting another car after the same race. Fined Brian Pattie, crew chief for
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THE WAY WE LIVE NOW: 3-24-02; What They Were Thinking
NYTimes - almost 15 years
Stephanie Ready, Asheville, N.C., Dec. 18, 2001 ''I'm the assistant coach with the Greenville Groove. We're a team in the National Basketball Development League. It's the N.B.A.'s minor league. It's the first season for the entire league. Everyone is getting acclimated. That was in the women's bathroom. Most places we play don't provide me with a
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NYTimes - over 15 years
BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX--Placed RHP Rolando Arrojo and 1B Brian Daubach on the 15-day disabled list. Recalled RHP Sun Woo Kim and 1B Morgan Burkhart from Pawtucket of the International League. MINNESOTA TWINS--Placed OF Chad Allen on the 15-day disabled list. Recalled OF John Barnes from Edmonton of the PCL. National League
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Sports of The Times; Putting Dent In One More Male Bastion
NYTimes - over 15 years
IN basketball, the answer to Sigmund Freud's long-discussed question -- what do women want? -- is not very complicated. Just ask Stephanie Ready. She wants, generally, what guys want: a good job, respect, the chance to succeed or fail on her merits, in a passion of her choosing, and with no glass rafters. She wants to win and, as a coach, to
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Stephanie Ready
    THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 31
    Also in 2006 and 2007, Ready worked as a sideline reporter during the first and second rounds of the Women's Final Four of college basketball for ESPN2.
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    Ready serves as a sideline reporter for the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association. Ready was also a part-time sideline reporter for The NBA on TNT during the 2006 and 2007 NBA Playoffs, and the WNBA Playoffs on ESPN2 during 2006.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 26
    While Ready has been consumed with her preparation as a coach, she also understood her position as a role model. Ready appeared on NBC's Today Show, and Ebony magazine named her one of "The 56 Most Intriguing Blacks of 2001" along with Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan.
    More Details Hide Details Still, it all comes down to coaching for Ready, who might someday consider coaching in the NBA or WNBA. Mitchell told meacfans.com, "I saw something special in her when she was a student-athlete and she's lived up to that as a coach." Though the rise has been meteoric, Ready felt fortunate to be experiencing the challenge. "I feel like I'm on a whirlwind, but I'm not complaining," Ready told blackvoices.com. "This is a great opportunity to do what I love in a league in the NBA family that will show people that little girls can grow up and do the same thing that little boys have a chance to do."
    Before Ready resigned her coaching position from Coppin State in August 2001, she had received a ringing endorsement from Mitchell, who had spoken to NBDL senior director of basketball Karl Hicks and Rob Levine.
    More Details Hide Details After researching Ready, Levine told blackvoices.com, "I don't think the NBDL is constrained by the folks who are going to be skeptics. We want to be a league that breaks old paradigms and provides opportunities." Though there are doubters, those who favor Ready's advancement far outweigh them. "We don't have time to worry about who's coaching us," Greenville Groove guard Merl Code commented to USA Today. "Coach Ready is there to help us and we want to let her help." To Barnes, Ready has been a great help and he appreciates her basketball aptitude. "Coach Ready knows the game of basketball, has a proven track record at the collegiate level of basketball that helped her to develop her skills, and she comes highly recommended," Barnes told meacfans.com. Upon being hired, Ready assisted Barnes in assembling the players' manuals, which included various offensive and defensive strategies, along with team rules.
    At the time, Ready was one of the youngest Division I volleyball coaches in the country and she kept the position for three years, until she resigned during the spring of 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Mitchell called upon Ready again, but this time he wanted her to assist him on the bench—for Coppin State's men's team. She became only the third woman ever to coach Division I men's basketball; Jennifer Johnston of Oakland University in Michigan, and Bernadette Mattox, who coached at the University of Kentucky from 1990 to 1995 under former coach Rick Pitino, were the others. Of the three, Ready was the only woman who was allowed to recruit off-campus. "It was a no-brainer," Mitchell told blackvoices.com, of his decision to hire Ready. "She's very detail-oriented and one of the most organized people I've had a pleasure to work with." In many circles, Ready's hiring has been perceived as a publicity stunt. It appeared that the NBDL matched Ready with Greenville to attract interest to the new league, which comprises mostly former college stars and players who previously played overseas.
    From 2001 to 2003, she was an assistant coach for the now defunct Greenville Groove of the National Basketball Development League (the minor league of the National Basketball Association).
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    Stephanie Ready is an American basketball coach who became the first female coach of a men's professional league team in 2001.
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