The Washington Wizards are shaking up the Scott Brooks' coaching staff and the most notable addition is Kristi Toliver. The WNBA star is a native to the DMV area and she even assisted the Wizards coaching staff during summer league game.

“We’re excited to begin the season with a revamped, versatile staff of coaches and trainers,” said Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks via “We have a good mix of returning veteran NBA coaches, valuable new additions and promotions from within the organization that will help our players improve.”

Tolliver has spent 10 years in the WNBA, averaging 12.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game. Toliver spent the previous WNBA season with the Washington Mystics and played collegiately for Maryland. She made her second All-Star team with Washington this past season and she was crucial in the team's run to the WNBA Finals.

All of which makes it sound like a no-brainer for the Wizards.

Toliver is following in the footsteps of Becky Hammon, the first female assistant coach in the NBA. Hammon, an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs, is now at the front of the bench with Gregg Popovich. She even had the opportunity to become the first female candidate to interview for an NBA head coaching position.

A female head coach is long overdue in the NBA and Toliver represents — hopefully — a growing trend of female coaches lining NBA benches. Toliver is a two-time WNBA All-Star, veteran player, and she clearly has a future in coaching. And now, a member of the Wizards.