By Todd Kortemeier | June 10, 2019, 9:23 p.m. (ET)
Swin Cash speaks on stage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 27th Annual Awards Gala on Nov. 16, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

 

Just a few short years removed from a legendary playing career, Swin Cash continues to climb the basketball ladder with her appointment as vice president of basketball operations/team development with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist had been serving as director of franchise development for the WNBA’s New York Liberty, a post she assumed in October 2017, one year after retiring from a 15-year professional career. Her new role with the Pelicans will include assisting the team’s scouting and team development pursuits on and off the court.

“I am so excited to join the New Orleans Pelicans as vice president of basketball operations/team development,” said Cash, 39, in a team statement. “… I will use my experience as a professional athlete in the WNBA, vice president of the (Women’s National Basketball Players Association), businesswoman and philanthropist, along with the knowledge I’ve gained as a front office executive, to cultivate the organization’s basketball culture on the court and in the community.”

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Besides her front office experience, Cash has also worked as an analyst on NBA TV. She brings with her a lifetime of basketball knowledge accumulated across two national championships at UConn, four WNBA All-Star appearances, three WNBA titles and of course her two Olympic gold medals from 2004 and 2012. After not making the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, Cash made it a mission to bounce back and make the team in London.

Cash has also used her platform to become active in her community. In 2016, she was named a National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award recipient for her contribution to human and civil rights. Cash has become an advocate to end gun violence, as well as sponsored initiatives to foster physical education opportunities for young people.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.