BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Olympic gold medalist and WNBA star
DeLisha Milton-Jones was named interim coach of the Los Angeles
Stars of the American Basketball Association on Tuesday, becoming
the second female head coach of a men's professional basketball
The Stars hired Milton-Jones last month to be an assistant
coach. Her husband, Roland Jones, is a backup point guard with the
"DeLisha has a terrific understanding of the game and has been
making a great impact on the team with her knowledge, wisdom and
leadership," Stars chief executive officer Lowell Moore said.
"Ashley McElhiney in Nashville has proven that women can, indeed,
be successful in a man's game. We have no doubt that DeLisha will
be great also."
McElhiney, the coach of the ABA's Nashville Rhythm, is the other female head coach of a men's pro basketball team. Nashville is 12-3
and in second place in the 12-team Blue Division.
Milton-Jones, 30, was a member of the U.S. women's team that won a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics. She has played six seasons with
the Los Angeles Sparks and was a WNBA All-Star in 2000.
Milton-Jones' first game as interim coach is Saturday night at
Utah, which is 17-0.
Milton-Jones succeeds Burell Lee, who resigned after guiding the
first-year team to a 6-7 record.
"I have really enjoyed working as an assistant with coach Lee
and feel strongly that I can contribute to the success of this
team," Milton-Jones said.