|South Carolina Gamecocks|
May 4, 1970 |
|Listed height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Listed weight||134 lb (61 kg)|
|High school||Dobbins Tech
|WNBA draft||1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Charlotte Sting|
|1996–1998||Richmond / Philadelphia Rage|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as player|
|Women's Basketball Hall of Fame|
Dawn Michelle Staley (born May 4, 1970) is an American basketball hall of fame 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. After 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. She was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.
While still a WNBA player, she started coaching the Temple University Owls women's basketball team in 2000. In six years at Temple, she led the program to six NCAA tournaments, three regular season conference championships, and four conference tournament titles.
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.
High school years
Staley was named the national high school player of the year during her final season at Murrell Dobbins Tech High School in Philadelphia.
Staley attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. During her four seasons in college, she led her team to four NCAA Tournaments, three Final Fours and one National Championship game. She was named the ACC female athlete of the year and the national player of the year in 1991 and 1992. 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.
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). The team participated in the second Junior World Championship, held in Bilbao, Spain in July 1989. 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.
Staley was named to the team representing the USA at the World University Games held during July 1991 in Sheffield, England. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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 7.0 points per game and made a record 52 assists.
In 2002, Staley was named to the national team which competed in the World Championships in Zhangjiagang, Changzhou and Nanjing, China. 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.
Awards and honors
- 1991—Winner of the Honda award for basketball
- 1991—The Honda-Broderick Cup winner for all sports.
- 1992—Winner of the Honda award for basketball
- 2008-Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
USA Basketball as coach
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. 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.
WNBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game||RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game||BPG||Blocks per game|
|PPG||Points per game||TO||Turnovers per game||FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage||Bold||Career high||League leader|
|Career||8 years, 2 teams||263||256||32.4||.399||.376||.824||2.0||5.1||1.3||0.1||2.44||7.5|
|Career||6 years, 2 teams||23||18||33.0||.366||.423||.754||1.8||4.0||1.2||0.1||2.78||8.7|
After the 1999–2000 college basketball season, Temple University named Staley the head coach of its women's basketball program. In her first season, 2000–01, Temple University advanced to the WNIT. In 2001, 2002, and 2004, her teams won the Atlantic 10 tournament to qualify for the NCAA tournament.
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.
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.
Head coaching record
|Temple (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2000–2008)|
|2000–01||Temple||19–11||11–5||3rd||WNIT 1st Round|
|2001–02||Temple||20–11||12–4||T–1st (East)||NCAA 1st Round|
|2003–04||Temple||21–10||14–2||1st (East)||NCAA 1st Round|
|2004–05||Temple||28–4||16–0||1st (East)||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2005–06||Temple||24–8||12–4||3rd||NCAA 1st Round|
|2006–07||Temple||25–8||13–1||2nd||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2007–08||Temple||21–13||12–2||T–1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|Temple:||172–80 (.683)||99–25 (.798)|
|South Carolina (Southeastern Conference) (2008–present)|
|2010–11||South Carolina||18–15||8–8||T–5th||WNIT 2nd Round|
|2011–12||South Carolina||25–10||10–6||T–4th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2012–13||South Carolina||25–8||11–5||T–4th||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2013–14||South Carolina||29–5||14–2||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2014–15||South Carolina||34-3||15-1||T-1st||NCAA Final Four|
|South Carolina:||155–74 (.677)||67–43 (.609)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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.
- Gave her 1996 Olympic gold medal to her mother, Estelle, whom she cites as the biggest influence in her life.
- In 1996, she appeared in an episode of Martin (TV series), along with other members of the 1996 USA Basketball Women's Team: Rebecca Lobo, Sheryl Swoopes, and Teresa Edwards.
- "SECOND FIBA WOMEN'S U19/JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1989". USA Basketball. Retrieved 28 Dec 2013.
- "FIFTEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1991". USA Basketball. Retrieved 13 Oct 2013.
- "1992 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP". Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- "Twelvth [sic] Pan American Games -- 1995". USA Basketball. Retrieved 16 Oct 2013.
- "Thirteenth World Championship For Women -- 1998". USA Basketball. Retrieved 13 Oct 2013.
- "FOURTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN – 2002". USA Basketball. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
- "PAST HONDA SPORTS AWARD WINNERS FOR BASKETBALL". THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Past Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Winners (Honda Cup)". THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "FIFTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 2006". USA Basketball. Retrieved 14 May 2013.