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Kara Lawson            

Women's Basketball Head Coach, Duke; Former Assistant Coach of the Boston Celtics & Basketball Analyst at ESPN

Kara Lawson is the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils women's basketball team, and a former assistant coach for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. She is a former American professional women's basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and a basketball television analyst for ESPN and the Washington Wizards. Lawson primarily played as a shooting guard. She won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Lawson retired from the WNBA in 2015 to focus on her broadcasting career.

Following an exceptional playing career, Lawson spent two years as the primary television analyst for the Washington Wizards for NBC Sports Washington, while also broadcasting games for ESPN Radio. Lawson also served as a game and studio analyst for men’s and women’s college basketball and the NBA for ESPN. On January 12, 2007, she became the first female analyst for a nationally-televised NBA game.

Lawson assisted efforts for USA Basketball’s 3x3 teams in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games. She has helped USA Basketball 3x3 teams to six gold medals since 2017.

Her impact on the women’s basketball community is evident as she was named one of the 100 most influential people in women’s college basketball as announced by Silver Waves Media in the summer of 2020.

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Kara Lawson Named Fifth Women’s Basketball Head Coach - Duke University

Former WNBA and Olympic Champion Kara Lawson has been named Duke University's fifth head women's basketball coach, announced on Saturday by Vice President and Director

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