WNBA pioneer Teresa Weatherspoon joined the NBRPA as a Player Ambassador & Spokesperson in 2015. In her role, Weatherspoon will help build programming to service former WNBA players and introduce the NBRPA to eligible members in this exciting new category.
Weatherspoon is a true women's basketball Legend. From a national championship run at Louisiana Tech to her all-star career in the WNBA, the four-time Hall of Famer has never settled for second best ... and her resume proves it.
The legendary point guard, who became the face of the WNBA for almost a decade, is a member of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame (1996), the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (2010), the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (2010) and the New York Liberty Ring of Honor (2011). During her Louisiana Tech playing career, which spanned from 1984 through 1988, Weatherspoon was a two-time Kodak All-American (1987, 1988) and won the prestigious Wade Trophy as the top player in the country during her senior season.
As a senior, Weatherspoon earned an incredible trifecta as she was named the state player of the year, the American South Conference Player of the Year and the national player of the year. In that same year (1988), Weatherspoon won a national championship title -- LA Tech defeated Auburn 56-54 in the NCAA title game -- and an Olympic gold medal as part of the US National Team.
Internationally, Weatherspoon earned distinction in USA Basketball circles, leading the US to the gold medal in the 1988 Olympics and the bronze medal in the 1992 Olympics. She also earned gold medals in the 1986 World Championships, the 1986 Goodwill Games and the 1987 World University Games.
Weatherspoon spent eight seasons as a player in the WNBA -- seven with the New York Liberty and one with the Los Angeles Sparks. During her time in the league, Weatherspoon started 220 straight games and led the Liberty to three WNBA championship appearances in 1997, 1999 and 2000. She was a five-time WNBA All-Star, a four-time all-WNBA second teamer and the two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Prior to the establishment of the WNBA, Weatherspoon's professional playing experience started in 1988 when she went overseas to play six years in Italy -- where she was named a six-time all-star -- and two years in Russia.
Weatherspoon earned her bachelor's degree from Louisiana Tech and returned to coach her alma mater from 2009-2014.