Spotlight of the Month: Natalie Nakase

The first female assistant coach in the NBA Summer League works out at The Studio (MDR). Here’s how her workouts are helping this trailblazer charge ahead.


I currently am working for the Los Angeles Clippers as the assistant video coordinator. This past summer, I had an amazing opportunity to become the first female assistant coach in the NBA Summer League. For me, it was a great opportunity to move in the right direction of my goal of being a Head Coach in the NBA. I had an amazing time helping our players and working with an incredible staff, and it was a privilege trying to set a positive example for women. I want to prove that you can go after your goals in a male-dominated work environment. You must be fearless and relentless when going after a challenging goal, and at times when you fail, you’ve got to get right back up and try again.  Never stop trying.  Failures are just learning tools to get to your goal.


My experience at The Studio (MDR) has been simultaneously challenging and rewarding. It’s definitely one of the toughest workouts I’ve ever tried, and I’ve been so grateful that my work at (MDR) has helped me in my daily on-court workouts with the players. Having a strong core makes me quicker and stronger.


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