Dawn Staley
Basketball player and coach
Dawn Staley
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.
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Sophie Cunningham's last-second layup helps Mizzou stun No. 6 South Carolina
ABC News - 5 days
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said she didn't think the past seven days -- which started with a loss at UConn on Monday and ended with a loss at Missouri on Sunday -- was an indication of a team that was emotionally weary. Maybe not, but the Tigers' 62-60 upset of No. 6 South Carolina at Mizzou Arena was the kind of game that left one team soaring and the other looking like it was going to be a very long trip back home to the other Columbia in the SEC. It also sent shock waves through the SEC standings and Charlie Creme's Bracketology. The loss drops the Gamecocks into second place in the league at 12-2 behind Mississippi State, which is 13-1 after beating Texas A&M on Sunday. The Bulldogs are seeking their first SEC title. And as for the projected No. 1 overall seeds in the NCAA tournament, Creme is now slotting Notre Dame -- which survived 85-80 at Syracuse on Sunday -- into one of the top spots along with UConn, Baylor and Mississippi State... ...
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South Carolina, Once a Doormat, Is Now a Step From a Final
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Dawn Staley has made steady progress since becoming the coach of South Carolina’s women’s basketball team in 2008. Now the Gamecocks are in their first Final Four.
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Mitchell, No. 12 S. Carolina Whip NC Central 79-27
NYTimes - about 3 years
Tiffany Mitchell scored 19 points to lead red-hot No. 12 South Carolina to a 79-27 win over North Carolina Central on Monday, giving coach Dawn Staley her 100th win early in her sixth season.     
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South Carolina coach Dawn Staley focused on title run after hall of fame induction
Fox News - over 3 years
The South Carolina coach Dawn Staley has something new to entice women's basketball players this fall — her Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame trophy.
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Kara Lawson: What WNBA Cares Week Means to Me
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
It's been almost two years. Not much has changed since August 23, 2011. Sure she's not stalking the sidelines anymore but her presence is still very much felt. Her role at practice is more in the background rather then the forefront. The darting stare every University of Tennessee player has felt is replaced with a giant smile and a warm embrace. And instead of leading the University of Tennessee women's basketball team, she's leading millions in the fight against Alzheimer's. Pat Summitt remains the larger then life figure she was when she was coaching. That's why it was such an honor to be named, along side my fellow UT graduate Peyton Manning, Honorary Co-Chair of The Pat Summitt Foundation. The work Pat does for her foundation exemplifies the spirit in which you'd expect from the woman who shot women's basketball into the mainstream media some 30 plus years ago. While Coach and I have remained very close over the years, the start of her foundation has given me the op ...
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South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley gets a 3-year contract extension, raise
Fox News - almost 4 years
South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley has received a three-year contract extension and a raise after leading the Gamecocks to a second straight NCAA tournament appearance.
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Basketball Hall Of Fame's Class Of 2013
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
ATLANTA -- Rick Pitino, who will coach Louisville in the NCAA championship game Monday night, is among seven people elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Joining Pitino in the class of 2013, announced Monday, are former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis, former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley. The inductions will take place in Springfield, Mass. in September. Inductees announced previously were Edwin E.B. Henderson, a direct elect by the Early African Pioneer Committee, longtime Indiana Pacers guard Roger Brown, Oscar Schmidt of Brazil, the leading scorer in Olympic history, Richie Guerin, a star for the New York Knicks in the 1950s, and Russ Granik, the longtime assistant commissioner of the NBA.
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Staley, 21st-ranked South Carolina look to make school history against No. 1 Stanford
Fox News - about 4 years
South Carolina's Dawn Staley has led the 21st-ranked Gamecocks to several milestones in her five seasons as coach.
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Etan Thomas: Politics and Athletes: They Do Mix After All
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
Now that they occupy a position where they can be more than symbols of achievement, where they can actually serve their communities in vital and tangible ways, while also addressing the power imbalance within their own from a position of greater strength, they seem most at a loss, lacking purpose and drive... the Black Athlete has abdicated their responsibility to the community with treasonous vigor. -- William C. Rhoden, 40 Million Dollar Slaves Let me first say that I enjoyed Mr. Rhoden's book and found it to be a very informative history of the black athlete in America. It touched on the unfortunate paths and states of mind that have overtaken the realities of some black athletes of today. I agree with his position that "making the evolution to be a completely free man is realizing that racism is more virulent and determined than ever before." In fact, I think the book is a must-read for all athletes -- if only to serve as an example of what not to become. That b ...
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Jordan, NBA players to hold basketball-themed fundraisers for Obama in New York
Fox News - over 4 years
President Barack Obama is joining NBA legend Michael Jordan and an array of basketball stars to raise money for his re-election campaign later this month. The Obama campaign is planning a fundraising "shoot-around" and dinner in New York on Aug. 22 featuring several NBA stars, including Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics, John Wall of the Washington Wizards and others. Jordan, who played for the Chicago Bulls, Obama's favorite NBA team, and NBA Commissioner David Stern are co-hosting a $20,000-per person fundraising dinner with the president later in the day. Obama is a longtime basketball fan who regularly plays pickup games with friends and aides. His campaign held a fundraiser last February at the Orlando-area home of NBA player Vince Carter, who is also involved in the New York events. The campaign is holding a "shoot-around" with players at New York's Chelsea Piers sports complex, including Anth ...
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Hyman: Gamecocks AD job has changed over the years
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Hyman: Gamecocks AD job has changed over the years Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 03:07 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, 2012 [...] the school is well into a $200 million reshaping of athletic facilities, including a new administration building and third-story AD's office Hyman won't fully move into. A new, $30 million tailgating area is being built next to the stadium in what had formerly been home to the State Farmer's Market. Hyman can monitor it all from what would've been his new office. Since Hyman's resignation, there's been a rising tide of support for two-time national champion baseball coach Ray Tanner to take over the department. University President Harris Pastides appointed a five-member panel including women's basketball coach Dawn Staley to consider an interim AD. Hyman was asked by TCU leaders on p ...
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Rep. Fattah Salutes Dawn Staley, Traci Green for 40th Anniversary of Title IX and the Revolution in Women's Sports
Yahoo News - over 4 years
WASHINGTON, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) issues this statement for the 40(th) anniversary of the enactment of Title IX on June 23, 1972:
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Dawn Staley headlines latest Women's Basketball HOF class
USA Today - over 4 years
Dawn Staley, the South Carolina women's basketball coach and three-time Olympic gold medalist, keeps finding plenty of reasons to celebrate.
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Staley: Success on court borrowed from life lessons
ABC news 4 Breaking News - almost 5 years
She's one of the most decorated athletes in women's basketball history. As a player, Dawn Staley was a complete success.
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Dawn Staley was once recruited by Pat Summitt
10 WISTV - almost 5 years
Fans of college basketball are saddened by the news that Pat Summitt will no longer be coaching the Tennessee women.
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Lady Vols host Miami to open season - WVLT
Google News - over 5 years
The Class of 2012 includes Nancy Fahey (Coach), Nikki McCray (Player), Pamela McGee (Player), Inge Nissen (Player), Robin Roberts (Contributor), and Dawn Staley (Player). Visit www.wbhof.com for more information regarding the 2011 State Farm Tip-Off
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Flint's Pamela McGee will enter the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame - The Flint Journal - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
Nancy Fahey (coach), Nikki McCray (player), Inge Nissen (player), Robin Roberts (contributor) and Dawn Staley (player) are the other members who will be enshrined. The official WBHOF Induction date has yet to be officially announced
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Tamika Catchings Receives WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for July - ClevelandRockers.com
Google News - over 5 years
Catchings was also named the 2007 Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award recipient. The Get Fever Fit program encourages youngsters to stay active and live healthy. As the team spokesperson, Catchings leads free fitness clinics, camps,
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Tennessee's Summitt Stares Down Biggest Challenge - Wall Street Journal (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
“The Lady Cavaliers of Dawn Staley were then Tennessee's bitter rival,” Bradley writes. “'I am not,' Summitt famously said, 'having this baby in Virginia.' Tyler Summitt, now a walk-on for Tennessee's men's team, was born in Knoxville
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dawn Staley
  • 2016
    She is also an assistant coach for the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
    More Details Hide Details After coaching Team USA to a Gold medal at the 2007 Pan Am games, she served as head coach to the U17 Team in 2014 and the U19 Team in 2015, winning gold medals at the U18 Americas Championship and the U19 FIBA World Championship. The USA basketball organization awarded her the code national coach of the year award as a result of the U 19 gold-medal. She shared the award with Sean Miller who coached the U19 men's team to a gold medal. 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.
  • 2014
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Staley herself was named twice SEC coach of the year and also the Basketball Times Coach of the Year in 2014.
  • 2013
    She was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.
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  • 2008
    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.
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  • 2006
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Sheryl Swoopes was available but hampered by injuries, with Staley transitioning from player to coach. Newcomers Sue Bird, Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi picked up the slack, but it was a team in transition. As an additional challenge, some members of the squad were unable to join the team for practices due to WNBA commitments. The team started out strong, winning each of the six preliminary games, including the game against Russia. In the quarterfinals, the USA team beat Spain 90–56. The semifinal was a rematch against Russia, but this time the Russian team prevailed, 75–68. The USA faced Brazil in the bronze medal game, and won easily 99–59.
  • 2004
    Staley is a three-time Olympian and was elected to carry the United States flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details After playing point guard for the University of Virginia under Debbie Ryan, and winning the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, she went to play professionally in the American Basketball League and the WNBA. In 2011, Staley was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.
  • 2002
    In 2002, Staley was named to the national team which competed in the World Championships in Zhangjiagang, Changzhou and Nanjing, China.
    More Details Hide Details The team was coached by Van Chancellor. Staley scored 4.9 points per game, and recorded a team-high 24 assists. The USA team won all nine games, including a close title game against Russia, which was a one-point game late in the game. She won a third gold medal with Team USA at the 2004 Games in Athens. Her Olympic performance lead to her being named 2004 USA Basketball Female Athlete Of The Year at the end of the year. Before the Games, she was selected to carry the flag of the United States during the parade of nations at the opening ceremony.
  • 2001
    In 2001, 2002, and 2004, her teams won the Atlantic 10 tournament to qualify for the NCAA tournament.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004–05 season, Staley's Owls went 28–4 on the year, including a perfect 19–0 against Atlantic 10 opponents. However, they lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Rutgers University. Staley reached the 100 win plateau in the A-10 Semifinals vs Xavier University that season, becoming the fastest coach in women's basketball to achieve that. On May 7, 2008, it was confirmed by Temple University that Staley would leave Temple for the recently vacated coaching position at the University of South Carolina. She left Temple with the best overall record of 172–80, along with six NCAA appearances and four Atlantic 10 titles. At South Carolina she started rebuilding a program from scratch, while suffering through two losing seasons at the start of her tenure. Starting with only 10 wins during the 2008-2009 season, she led the program to ever better finishes in each subsequent season, leading to the program's first #1 Ranking and Final Four Appearance during the 2014-2015 season.
    In 2001, she led the Sting to the Championship game of the WNBA playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details On August 1, 2005, Staley was traded to the Houston Comets. Staley announced before the start of the WNBA season that she would be retiring after the Comets season was over. The Comets made the playoffs and faced the Sacramento Monarchs in the first round. The Monarchs swept the Comets and won the series 2–0, ending Staley's career. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in the fifteen-year history of the WNBA. Staley was named to the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team (now called the U19 team).
  • 2000
    In her first season, 2000–01, Temple University advanced to the WNIT.
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  • 1999
    In the 1999 WNBA Draft, Staley was selected with the ninth overall pick by the Charlotte Sting.
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  • 1998
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The USA team won a close opening game against Japan 95–89, then won their next six games easily. In the semifinal game against Brazil, the USA team was behind as much as ten points in the first half, but the USA went on to win 93–79. The gold medal game was a rematch against Russia. In the first game, the USA team dominated almost from the beginning, but in the rematch, the team from Russia took the early lead and led much of the way. With under two minutes remaining, the USA was down by two points but the USA responded, then held on to win the gold medal 71–65. Staley hit two free throws with ten seconds left to extend a threw point lead to five points, then hit another free throw with three seconds left in the game to "seal the 71-65 victory". Staley averaged 7. points per game and made a record 52 assists.
  • 1995
    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.
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  • 1994
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She led the 1996 team to an undefeated record of 60–0 and the gold medal at the Olympic games in Atlanta. She was also a member of the 2000 Olympic team that defended the gold medal.
  • 1992
    Staley competed with USA Basketball as a member of the 1992 Jones Cup Team that won the Gold in Taipei.
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  • 1991
    Staley was named to the team representing the USA at the World University Games held during July 1991 in Sheffield, England.
    More Details Hide Details While the USA team had won gold in 1983, they finished with the silver in 1985, in fifth place in 1987, and did not field a team in 1989. The team was coached by Tara VanDerveer of Stanford. After winning opening games easily, the USA faced China in the medal round. The USA shot only 36% from the field, but limited the team from China to 35%, and won 79–76 to advance to the gold medal game. There they faced 7–0 Spain, but won 88–62 to claim the gold medal. Staley averaged 4.9 points per game.
    She was named the ACC female athlete of the year and the national player of the year in 1991 and 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Staley finished her college career with 2,135 points and holds the NCAA record for career steals with 454. She finished her career at Virginia as the school's all-time scoring leader and as the ACC's all-time leader in assists at 729, but those records have since been broken by former UVA stars Monica Wright and Sharnee Zoll, respectively. Her number 24 is retired at UVA. In 1994-5, after graduation, Staley played professional basketball in France in Tarbes, Italy, Brazil, and Spain before joining the ABL and then the WNBA. In 1996, she joined the Richmond Rage of the American Basketball League (ABL) and led the team to the ABL finals in 1997. The following season, the team moved to Staley's hometown of Philadelphia.
  • 1989
    The team participated in the second Junior World Championship, held in Bilbao, Spain in July 1989.
    More Details Hide Details The USA team lost their opening game to South Korea in overtime, then lost a two-point game to Australia. After winning their next game against Bulgaria, the USA team again fell in a close game, losing by three points to Czechoslovakia. After beating Zaire in their next game, the USA team played Spain, and fell three points short. Staley averaged 10.8 points per game and recorded 14 steals over the course of the event, both second highest on the team. The USA team finished in seventh place.
  • 1970
    Born on May 4, 1970.
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