Lieberman was a point guard for Old Dominion University in Virginia where she won back-to-back Wade Trophies in 1979 and 1980 as women’s college basketball’s player of the year. While at Old Dominion she earned the nickname “Lady Magic,” a nod to Los Angeles Lakers star Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
After turning pro in 1980, Lieberman made history in 1986 by becoming the first woman to play in a men’s professional basketball league. She played in the United States Basketball League for two seasons before joining the famous Washington Generals on the Harlem Globetrotters tour. In 1997 at 38 years old, she returned to the hardwood as a second round pick of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA’s inaugural year where she played one season.
Lieberman enjoyed an extensive broadcasting career with multiple networks including ESPN, ABC, NBC, NBA-TV and the NFL Network. In November 2009, Lieberman made history again becoming the first woman to coach a men’s professional basketball team when she took the Texas Legends head coaching position in the NBA Development League.
Helping disadvantaged children and providing guidance has been a mission for Lieberman, and that is why she created The Nancy Lieberman Charities. The programs focus on education and wellness by providing kids with educational college scholarships, basketball camps and clinics, laptops and backpacks along with encouragement and mentorship to help them achieve their dreams.