Milton-Jones will coach ABA's Stars

Updated: January 11, 2005, 5:06 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Olympic gold medalist and WNBA star DeLisha Milton-Jones was named as an assistant of the American Basketball Association's Los Angeles Stars on Monday, becoming the third woman to coach a men's professional basketball team.

Milton-Jones' husband, Roland Jones, is a backup point guard with the Stars, a first-year team that plays its home games in suburban Woodland Hills.

The Stars' roster also includes Cedric Ceballos, winner of the NBA's dunk contest in 1992 and a former starter for the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers.

Milton-Jones, 30, was a member of the U.S. women's team that won a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics. She has played six seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks and was a WNBA All-Star in 2000.

The other women who have coached men's teams are Ashley McElhiney, the coach of the ABA's Nashville Rhythm, and Stephanie Ready, who became an assistant with the Greenville Groove of the NBA Development League in 2001.

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