As an athlete, Dawn Staley was a fixture on USA Basketball teams nearly every year from 1989 through 2004, and USA teams with Staley on the roster posted an amazing 196-10 record (.951 winning percentage).
Dawn Staley (right) won 10 gold medals as an athlete, including three Olympic and two FIBA World Cup golds, one bronze medal and seven international invitational titles. She is pictured here with Nikki McCray after winning gold at the 2000 Olympics.
Dawn Staley (front left) first competed for USA Basketball as a member of the 1989 USA Junior World Championship Team (U19). She averaged a team second-best 10.8 points per game.
Dawn Staley (front row, fourth from left) was a member of the 1990 USA Select Blue Team that played in Italy and Czechoslovakia, earning a 2-3 record.
Dawn Staley’s first gold medal with USA Basketball came at the 1991 World University Games that were played in Sheffield, England. The USA finished 8-0, and Staley averaged 2.3 assists per game.
As a member of the USA’s 1992 R. William Jones Cup Team, Dawn Staley (front row, third from right) averaged a team-high 4.8 assists per game to help the USA to an 8-0 record and gold medal in Taipei, Taiwan.
Dawn Staley (front row, left) helped the USA to a 6-1 record and gold medal at the 1993 World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She averaged 5.6 points per game, and her 4.9 assists per game (34) lists second in the USA Women’s World Cup Qualifying competition records. She also is fifth in the event’s record book for competition 3-point field goal percentage (.364) and is tied for the single-game assists record (eight against Brazil on July 2, 1993).
Dawn Staley and the USA earned a bronze medal with a 7-1 record at the 1994 FIBA World Cup in Sydney, Australia. She is pictured here with USA head coach Tara VanDerveer (right).
In the USA women’s World Cup record book, Dawn Staley is first for single-competition assists and assists averaged (52, 5.8 apg in 1998), second for field goal percentage (.692 in 1994), second for 3-point percentage (.538 in 2002) and tied for fourth for free throw percentage (.917 in 1998). In single-game highs, she is tied for first for assists (12 vs. Russia on June 7, 1998). And in career event records after playing in 1994, 1998 and 2002, she is first for free throw percentage (.909), second for assists (103, 4.1 apg.) and tied for 10th in points (188, 7.5 ppg.).
Staley was named MVP at the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she helped the USA to a 4-0 record and gold medal. She averaged a USA competition record 5.8 assists per game. She also lists fifth in the U.S. competition records for free throw percentage (.875) and steals (10), tied for first in single-game free throw percentage (1.000, 7-7 FTs vs. France on Aug. 7, 1994) and tied for fourth in single-game points (21 vs. China on Aug. 6, 1994).
Dawn Staley earned her first USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year award in 1994. She also earned the honor in 2004 (pictured above).
Dawn Staley (left) was a part of the historic 1995-96 USA Basketball National Team, which tallied a 60-0 record, including an 8-0 Olympic slate. She is pictured here with USA head coach Tara VanDerveer (middle) and assistant coach Renee Brown (right).
On April 12, 1996, Nike unveiled a 100-foot mural of Dawn Staley on a building at 11th and Market Streets in North Philadelphia near the Hank Gathers Recreation Center.
Dawn Staley (front to back), Rebecca Lobo and Lisa Leslie graced the cover of TV Guide ahead of the 1996 Olympic Games.
Dawn Staley dished out 3.5 assists per game to help the 1996 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team to an 8-0 record and gold medal in Atlanta.
As a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team, Dawn Staley and her teammates earned Team of the Year awards from USA Basketball and the U.S. Olympic Committee. Pictured here is her signed 1996 Olympic shoe.
Dawn Staley (front left) played in her second FIBA World Cup in 1998, earning a 9-0 record and gold medal in Germany.
At the 1998 FIBA World Cup, Dawn Staley helped the USA seal the gold medal game win against Russia (71-65) by making 3-of-4 free throws in the USA's final two possessions.
Dawn Staley is lifted up by teammate Teresa Edwards in celebration of the USA winning the 1999 U.S. Olympic Cup title with a 74-69 victory over Australia in San Diego.
Dawn Staley played in 35 of the 1999-2000 USA National Team’s 40 exhibition games prior to the Olympics as the squad compiled a 38-2 record.
Dawn Staley was one of two team captains on her second U.S. Olympic Team in 2000, which won gold with an 8-0 record in Sydney, Australia.
In the U.S. women’s’ Olympic record book, Dawn Staley is tied for first in single-competition free throw percentage (1.000, 12-12 FTs in 2000). Playing in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, she is tied for sixth in U.S. women’s career highs for games played (24), is eighth for free throw percentage (.886), is third for assists (80) and is tied for eighth for steals (28).
Prior to the 2002 FIBA World Cup, the USA trained in Los Angeles and scrimmaged against a team of players from the NBA Entertainment League, a league comprised of actors and entertainment professionals in the LA area. Dawn Staley is pictured in the front row, fourth from right. Can you spot some of the stars from 2002?
At the 2002 FIBA World Cup, Dawn Staley’s third World Cup, she averaged 4.9 points and a team-best 2.7 assists per game to help the USA to a 9-0 record in China.
As a member of the 2004 USA National Team, Dawn Staley helped the USA to a 7-0 record prior to the Olympic Games.
Dawn Staley was voted by all U.S. team captains in 2004 to carry the United States flag and lead the USA's delegation into the Athens Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Dawn Staley poses in front of the Acropolis of Athens ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games.
At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, which was her third Olympic Games, Dawn Staley and the USA won a gold medal with an 8-0 record. She averaged 4.1 points and a team-high 2.9 assists per game.
Dawn Staley (second from left) celebrates winning the 2004 Olympic gold medal with Allen Iverson (left) and friends.
Lisa Leslie (left) and Dawn Staley (right) are pictured with then-NBA commissioner David Stern following the 2004 Olympic gold medal game.
Dawn Staley was the 2004 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year, her second time winning the award she first garnered in 1994.
Dawn Staley served on the USA Basketball Executive Committee as an athlete representative from 2005-2008. At the time, she also was playing in the WNBA and was the women’s basketball head coach at Temple University.
Dawn Staley as a USA Basketball Athlete
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