The Toronto Raptors, might need to change its name to UNI-North. Monday, the Raptors announced the promotion of data analyst and UNI women’s basketball alum Brittni Donaldson as an assistant coach by head coach Nick Nurse, another Panther basketball alum.
Donaldson becomes just the 10th female assistant coach in the history of the NBA, but her path to the bench is unusual. Most of the women being hired by NBA teams have extensive college resumes or experience as a pro, but she has neither. Donaldson moves to the coaching staff from the front office where she served on the Toronto staff as a data analyst for two seasons. She graduated from UNI in 2015 with a degree in Statistics and Actuarial Science.