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Dawn Staley      

Olympic Gold Medalist; Head Coach of the University of South Carolina Women's Basketball & the USA National Team

Dawn Staley has had a wonderful career as both a player and a coach to this day. She is a three time Olympic Gold Medalist and is known around the women’s basketball world as one of the greatest coaches around.

Staley graduated from the University of Virginia in 1992 with a Bachelor Degree in Rhetoric and Communication Studies. She played for the women’s basketball team there, and was named Rookie of the Year in 1989. She went on to lead the team to 3 NCAA Tournament Final Four appearances, and was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament in 1991. She was also named National Player of the Year twice, in 1991 and 1992, and was named an All-American for three consecutive years from 1990-1992. She has since been inducted into Virginia’s Hall of Fame in 2008 for her years of hard work and talent that she brought to the court.

After her graduation from college, she joined the USA Women’s Basketball team. While she was playing for the US, she led the team to three Olympic Gold Medals in the 1996, 2000, and the 2004 Olympic Games. She also helped the team to win the bronze in the FIBA World Championships as well. She ended her career as a professional basketball player with ten bronze medals to her name, as well as her three gold medals in the Olympics.

Staley’s first coaching job was offered to her by the Temple Owls in 2001. There, she proceeded to completely revitalize the program, and in only her second season, was able to lead the team to its first Atlantic-10 Tournament title in the school’s history; there were three more to come, with Staley leading the Owls to three straight titles from 2004-2006. She would go on to lead the team to six seasons in which they would win at least 20 games, along with postseason appearances in seven of her eight seasons with the Owls.

Her final record with the Temple Owls was 172-80, a winning percentage of .683, which cemented her as the winningest coach in Temple’s history. Staley won A-10 Coach of the Year twice in 2004 and 2005, and is thought of to be one of the best up and coming coaches in the sport today. She also helped to coach the 2008 women’s basketball team to a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics.

Staley’s first two seasons at South Carolina have been more about rebuilding the once proud program. Her first season, she ended with a 10-18 record (2-12 conference). Her second season showed a marked improvement in the division as the Gamecocks went 14-15 with a 7-9 SEC record. She looks to be on track for another remarkable turn-around, and everyone in the SEC is paying attention.

On May 7, 2008, she was named the University of South Carolina women's head basketball coach. Over the following six seasons, she improved her program's record every year, up to winning the SEC in 2013–2014. In late 2014 her team achieved the program's first #1 ranking, making her only the second individual to both play on and coach a #1 ranked team. Staley has gone on to lead South Carolina to four SEC regular season championships, four SEC tournament championships, six Sweet Sixteens, two Final Fours, and On April 2, 2017, she guided the South Carolina Gamecocks to the program's first NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship.

On March 10, 2017, she was named head coach of USA national team.

Staley now heads the Dawn Staley Foundation, which gives middle-school children a positive influence in their lives by sponsoring an after-school program at the Hank Gathers Recreation Center. The Center focuses on academics and athletics and sponsors basketball leagues and other fund-raising activities. She is also currently writing a four-book series loosely based on her childhood.


Dawn Staley coaches South Carolina to the program's first NCAA title

When the buzzer sounded on April 4, 1992, Dawn Staley's teammates knew she would need some help just getting back to the locker room. She was devastated, her college playing career over, a national championship not won after Staley's Virginia team lost to Stanford in the national semifinals...

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