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Aces’ Becky Hammon earns WNBA Coach of the Year in debut season

Becky Hammon led the Las Vegas Aces to the No. 1 seed in the WNBA playoffs. (David Becker/NBAE via Getty Images)

Las Vegas Aces coach Becky Hammon has been named the WNBA Coach of the Year in her debut season, the league announced Friday.

Hammon becomes the third former WNBA player to earn the honor, but the first to do so in her first season.

The 45-year-old led Las Vegas to a 26-10 record and the No. 1 seed in the WNBA playoffs. Hammon also coached the Aces to a Commissionerโ€™s Cup championship in July and clinched a spot as an All-Star coach in a landmark season.

The rookie coach transformed the Aces into an offensive powerhouse, with Las Vegas leading the league in points per game and 3-pointers made.

Hammon joined the Aces in late December, replacing Bill Laimbeer as the teamโ€™s head coach after a 16-year playing career and a stint as an assistant for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.

Next on Hammonโ€™s to-do list: Securing a WNBA championship. The Aces are gearing up to face the Seattle Storm in the WNBA semifinals starting Sunday.