Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Swin Cash Sticks to Her Plan Mckeesport Native Earns Place in New Orleans Pelicans' Front Office

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Swin Cash Sticks to Her Plan Mckeesport Native Earns Place in New Orleans Pelicans' Front Office

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One of the best things about sports is watching one of our own make it big. There have been so many greats from here over the years, from team owners and championship-winning coaches and managers to MVPs and Hall of Famers. Swin Cash is the latest to join the prestigious group.

"If she decides she wants to run a franchise, she absolutely will do that. There is no doubt whatsoever."

The words are from David Griffin, New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations. His assessment of Cash came last week after he named her the NBA team's vice president of basketball operations/team development, making her one of the most powerful women and African Americans in professional sports.

The hiring is well-deserved.

It has been some journey for Cash, taking her from her hometown McKeesport to the University of Connecticut, where she was a two-time national champion; to the WNBA, where she won three titles and made four All-Star teams; to the Olympics, where she won two gold medals; to a front-office position with the WNBA's New York Liberty; to a TV analyst's role for NBA and college basketball games. She has built a terrific resume, still three months from her 40th birthday.

"Swin is Swin, man," Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma told the Hartford Courant. "Swin's got a plan. It's been like that since her junior year in high school. Swin's a grinder, and she's going to get to where she wants to go. If she's got her sights set on something, she's going to go get it. That's how Swin's always been."

Cash's duties with the Pelicans will include scouting and player development on and off the court.

"I am definitely here to help in any way I can," she said in a conference call with New Orleans media. "I'll have the ability to wear many hats."

Sports are even better when deserving women and people of color get some of the big jobs. The NBA is more progressive than the other professional leagues, turning more and more to women and minorities for front-office and coaching jobs that used to be almost exclusively reserved for white men. …

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