Dawn Staley

Basketball Player and Coach

Dawn Michelle Staley is an American basketball player and coach. Staley is a three-time Olympian and was elected to carry the United States flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics. She was named the University of South Carolina women's head basketball coach on May 7, 2008. After winning the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, she went to play professionally in the American Basketball League and the WNBA.… Read More

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1970 Birth Born on May 4, 1970.


1989 19 Years Old The team participated in the second Junior World Championship, held in Bilbao, Spain in July 1989. … Read More


1991 21 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was named the ACC female athlete of the year and the national player of the year in 1991 and 1992. … Read More
1992 22 Years Old Staley competed with USA Basketball as a member of the 1992 Jones Cup Team that won the Gold in Taipei.
1994 24 Years Old Staley played for Team USA throughout her career. In 1994 she competed in the World Championships and was named the USA basketball Female Athlete of the Year. … Read More
1995 25 Years Old Staley was selected to represent the USA at the 1995 USA Women's Pan American Games, however, only four teams committed to participate, so the event was cancelled.
1998 28 Years Old Staley was named to the USA national team in 1998. The national team traveled to Berlin, Germany in July and August 1998 for the FIBA World Championships. … Read More
1999 29 Years Old In the 1999 WNBA Draft, Staley was selected with the ninth overall pick by the Charlotte Sting.


2000 30 Years Old …  In her first season, 2000–01, Temple University advanced to the WNIT.
2001 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001, she led the Sting to the Championship game of the WNBA playoffs. … Read More
2002 - 2004 2 More Events
2006 36 Years Old Dawn Staley served as an assistant coach for the USA National team in 2006, a team in transition. Lisa Leslie, who had led the team in scoring in the 2004 Olympics, the 2002 World Championships, the 2000 Olympics, the 1998 World Championships, and the 1996 Olympics was no longer on the team. … Read More
2008 38 Years Old During the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Staley served as an assistant coach under Team USA head coach Anne Donovan and helped the Americans win their fourth straight gold medal in women's basketball and sixth in their past seven Olympic appearances.


2013 43 Years Old She was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.
2014 44 Years Old Under Staley the program captured two SEC regular season championships, one SEC tournament title, one Final Four, two sweet sixteen appearances, the 2nd ranked recruiting class in 2014, two SEC player of the year awards and three SEC freshman of the year awards. … Read More
2016 46 Years Old She is also an assistant coach for the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. … Read More
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