Nancy Lieberman, current assistant coach with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and the most decorated women’s basketball player in U.S. history, will be the keynote speaker on Thursday, March 9 at the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship School Day program at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA.
A Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer, two-time Olympian, three-time All-American, WNBA coach & general manager, broadcaster for ESPN/ABC/NBA TV, motivational speaker and author, Lieberman will address school students from the greater Pittsburgh area at 10:15 a.m. in the arena, prior to the noon quarterfinal session of the A-10 championship. The A-10 School Day program is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and PPG Paints Arena and designed by the A-10 to provide an educational opportunity through sports for more than 2,500 area students, and as a vehicle for the conference to give back to the local community hosting its championship.
“It is truly an honor and privilege to have Nancy keynote this event and I also want to express my appreciation to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation for their support,” stated Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “Nancy is an inspirational speaker with the ability to make a difference in the lives of the students she addresses. Her accolades have been well documented, but more importantly her generosity, leadership and professionalism have elevated her to greatness.”
Lieberman is in her second year as an assistant coach with the Kings and is only the second woman to coach in the NBA. She was the first female head coach in the NBA’s D League from 2009-2011, as coach of the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League team, the Texas Legends. She was named the Legends’ assistant general manager in 2011-12.
Prior to coaching, Lieberman won an Olympic Silver Medal (1976), back-to-back AIAW National Championships at Old Dominion University (1979, 1980) and was named an All-American at Old Dominion (1978, 1979, 1980). She became the first-ever two-time winner of the prestigious Wade Trophy, which recognizes the “Player of the Year” in women’s college basketball. Lieberman was also selected as the Broderick Cup winner as the top women’s student-athlete in America in 1980, making her one of the most decorated female athletes in the United States. Lieberman’s son, T.J. Cline, is a senior on the University of Richmond basketball team, and will be competing in the Atlantic 10 Championship.
The Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship, will be held in the PPG Paints Arena March 8-12. For tickets go to www.ticketmaster.com/Atlantic-10-Mens-Basketball-Championship-tickets/.