PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Pitt women’s basketball head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio joined Starkey And Mueller Thursday to talk about the future presence of women in men’s sports.

Starkey held the interview in the wake of a woman, Jen Welter, being hired as a preseason linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals. Also, Becky Hammon is just coming off a summer in which she coached the San Antonio Spurs summer league team to a championship.

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“It’s amazing,” McConnell-Serio said of Hammon.

The two basketball coaches are acquaintances.

“Just from a basketball side of it, Becky had an unbelievable career in the WNBA. She really ended up with the right organization where somebody was willing to give her a chance and give her a shot to become an assistant coach,” said McConnell-Serio.

It was also recently announced that Sarah Thomas, a football official, has been hired to officiate NFL games for the 2015 season.

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Starkey asked McConnell-Serio if she thinks this chain of events will spur a larger one in which teams in men’s sports will be headed by women.

“I don’t know if it will happen anytime soon, but you never know,” she replied.

The entire interview, which includes McConnell-Serio’s personal thoughts on coaching the men’s game, can be accessed below:

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