The Sacramento Kings have had a series of firsts this season. They were first to use Google Glass during an NBA game and became the first franchise to accept Bitcoin currency for online purchases and team store transactions. Yeah, the Kings have been trailblazers in a number of areas off the court but, Wednesday’s feat easily trumps them all.
That’s because Jamie Coffee called her first game as a PA announcer on Wednesday — and may have become the first female to do so in NBA history. Jamie filled in for longtime PA man Scott Moak, who missed the game due to illness. Wednesday’s game is the first Moak has missed in 12 years of work. For Jamie, it was likely a surreal moment even with the gender equation taken out.
Coffee did well on Wednesday too, though her work on the sideline did not translate into a victory on the court for the Kings, who lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 99-89. At 15-30, the Kings were surging as of late, but have fallen off the pace entirely. That would not stop their winning ways off the court though.
Coffee was a Monarchs announcer for eight years before the team was disbanded. It is not yet known how long she will stay in her new role, but Coffee is definitely up for the challenge and has the full support of Kings president Chris Granger, who gushed over her to reporters. “As the longtime voice of our beloved Monarchs, Jaime will no doubt excite the crowd while also keeping us well informed.” Granger said.
“She also called the championship-clinching game for the Monarchs, so we know she will bring a winning spirit as well!”