By REBECCA CADE
SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Jazz starter John Stockton is making his return to basketball.
The 53-year-old Gonzaga graduate will serve as an assistant coach for the Montana State Women’s basketball team for the upcoming season. Stockton’s daughter, Lindsay, is currently a member of the team.
“I’m excited about the prospect of working with the kids. I’ve enjoyed watching the team over the past three years. I had a chance to be around them and develop relationships during their trip to the Bahamas this spring. It will be a fun group to work with,” Stockton stated in a news release.
But this isn’t the first time the Hall of Famer point guard will coach his daughter. Stockton previously helped out with Lindsay and Bobcats sophomore guard Hannah Caudill at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Wash., as well as two others in AAU competition.
“He could be an assistant coach anywhere he wants, he could probably be a head coach anywhere he wants,” said Utah Jazz Head Coach Quin Snyder Tuesday. “He’s got such a great understanding and feel for the game. So, it sounds like something he is excited to do.”
Stockton spent his entire professional career with the Jazz from 1984-2003 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player in 2009.