SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — A Japanese American woman became the first female head coach in the history of Japan’s professional men’s basketball league last Thursday, Nov. 24.
Natalie Nakase, who has experience as a head coach of a women’s team in Germany, was hired by the Saitama Broncos.
She replaces American coach Dean Murray, who was fired earlier Thursday for what the team said was a violation of his contract.
“I know these aren’t the best circumstances in which to be hired,” Nakase said on the team’s official website. “But I will do everything possible to get the job done. There is a lot of talent on this team.” Read the full story