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Grizzlies make Ivey NBA’s 9th female assistant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies have hired former Notre Dame women’s associate head coach Niele Ivey as one of the new assistants on Taylor Jenkins’ staff.

There are now nine women working as coaches in the NBA.

The Grizzlies also announced Monday the hiring of Brad Jones, David McClure, James “Scoonie” Penn, Vitaly Potapenko and Neven Spahija.

Jenkins says he’s thrilled to work with an experienced group of coaches with success at all levels as both players and coaches.

Ivey spent the past 12 seasons at her alma mater, with the last four as Notre Dame’s associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. She helped the Fighting Irish go 385-55 with seven Final Four berths, six appearances in the NCAA title game and the 2018 national championship.

Notre Dame congratulated Ivey on Twitter, saying the Grizzlies hired a good one.

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