Lindsay Harding at Graduation
Lindsay Harding addresses the Sociology Class of 2024. (Photo by John West/Trinity Communications)

Lindsey Harding Receives Inaugural Alumni Award

The Department of Sociology has awarded Lindsay Harding, head coach of the NBA G League team Stockton Kings, the inaugural Gary and Pela Gereffi Outstanding Alumni Award. Harding received the award at Sociology’s graduation ceremony on May 12th, where she also delivered the departmental commencement address. 

The Department of Sociology established the award this year to recognize outstanding undergraduate alumni. The award, which will be given annually at the department’s commencement ceremony, is named after emeriti professors Gary Gereffi, and his wife, Pela, in honor of the nearly 40 years of dedication and commitment they gave to the Duke community. 

Lindsay Harding graduated from Duke in 2007 with a degree in Sociology and a certificate in Markets and Management. A member of the Duke women’s basketball team, she was the #1 draft pick for the WNBA in 2007.  
As an athlete, Harding played professionally for the Minnesota Lynx, Washington Mystics, Atlanta Dream, Los Angeles Sparks, New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury.    

In April, Harding was named the 2023-24 NBA G League Coach of the Year, making history as not only the first head coach of the Stockton Kings to win the award, but also the first woman and woman of color to receive this accolade.