Another day, another woman making sports history.
Earlier this week, softball legend Jessica Mendoza joined ESPN's MLB broadcast team as an in-booth analyst, and today she welcomes a second member to the uber-exclusive club of female professional sports analysts. Fox Sports Carolina announced that after covering the Charlotte Hornets as a sideline reporter for the past 12 seasons, Stephanie Ready will be taking her talents inside the Hornets' booth as the NBA's first full-time female game analyst this fall.
Fox Sports Southeast's broadcast team will also include play-by-play announcer Eric Collins and former Charlotte Hornets player Dell Curry.
Stephanie Ready joins Hornets' booth as 1st full-time female NBA team analyst http://t.co/HTfoJtki2j pic.twitter.com/yaCCtwJI5e— theScore NBA (@theScoreNBA) August 27, 2015
Ready is no stranger to breaking barriers. She entered the NBA Development League's (NBDL) history books as the first woman to coach a men's professional sports team when she joined the Greenville Groove as an assistant coach in 2001. And prior to coaching in the NBDL, Ready was just the third woman to coach a Division I men's team when she was named an assistant coach at Coppin State. She was also the first full-time female recruiting assistant on any staff.
Taking the road less traveled by women was a conscious decision. She told Fox Sports Carolina, "This is actually the reason I got into television in the first place," adding, "I always wanted to be a game analyst. I have a passion for the game of basketball and being a coach, you teach the game and you learn how to explain the game [for those] who may not understand it. I thought being a game analyst on television would be perfect, because that's what you get to do."
She also told Fox Sports, "I didn't set out to blaze a trail or be the first. It just naturally came because of the work that I was doing. Having said that though, I think that things happen for a reason and that there's some people who may not be ready to do something because there's a lot that comes with that."
Well, Stephanie, based on your work ethic, career accomplishments and surname, there's no doubt you were born to do this. Keep walking in your destiny!