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Dawn Staley

  • As of April 30, 2019

Dawn Staley, head coach at the University of South Carolina, who has had a long and illustrious USA Basketball career that began as an athlete in 1989, was named on March 10, 2017, as head coach of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team through 2020.

With Staley at the helm, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team earned a 6-0 record and the gold medal at the 2018 FIBA World Cup, which qualified the USA for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games (July 24 – Aug. 9 in Tokyo, Japan). She also helmed the USA National Team as it compiled a 6-0 exhibition slate in 2017.  

Following her gold-medal leadership of the USA at the 2018 FIBA World Cup, Staley was named as the 2018 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year. Staley also was a co-recipient of the 2015 National Coach of the Year award, and she is the first person in USA Basketball history to have earned both the USA Basketball National Coach of the Year and USA Basketball Athlete of the Year (1994 and 2000) awards.

With Staley as a USA assistant coach at the 2016 Olympic Games, the USA won a sixth-straight Olympic gold medal, and she was on the roster for five of those titles -- three times as an athlete (1996, 2000, 2004) and twice as an assistant coach (2008, 2016).

Staley won a total of 10 gold medals as an athlete, including three Olympic and two FIBA World Championship gold medals, one bronze medal and seven international invitational titles from 1989-2004. She then transitioned into the coaching ranks, received her first USA Basketball coaching assignment as an assistant to the 2006 USA World Championship Team and was later asked to remain on board through the 2008 Olympics. With Staley on the sideline, the USA National Team from 2006-08 posted a 32-2 record, captured the 2008 Olympic and 2007 FIBA Americas Championship gold medals and the 2006 FIBA World Championship bronze medal. She also spent one game as acting head coach for the 2006 USA National Team during its training in Australia, and led the team to victory against China.

Not only has Staley coached the top-tier USA Basketball teams, she’s also headed up a number of coaching staffs at the USA Basketball junior level, and three years pulled double-duty as a head coach for a USA junior team and an assistant coach for the USA National Team. 

Prior to the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship Staley received her first USA head coaching nod at the helm of the 2007 USA Pan American Games Team and did not disappoint. Taking a group of collegians to Brazil to compete against seasoned, international veterans, Staley piloted the USA Pan Am Team to a perfect 5-0 slate and the gold medal.

In 2014 Staley served as an assistant coach for the USA World Championship Team that captured gold and also was the head coach for the gold-medal winning 2014 USA U18 National Team.

The following year Staley was head coach for the gold-medal winning 2015 USA U19 World Championship Team and was on hand as an assistant as the USA National Team went 4-0 in its 2015 European tour against teams from Spain, Italy and Czech Republic.

For her efforts in 2015, Staley was named as co-recipient of the USA Basketball National Coach of the Year award.

In all, USA Basketball teams with Staley on the sideline own an overall record of 93-4 (.959 winning percentage) and USA teams are 30-0 with Staley serving as head coach or acting head coach.

Having recently wrapped up her 11th season (2008-09 to present) at South Carolina in 2018-19, Staley owns an overall record of 273-97 (.738 winning percentage) as head coach of the Gamecocks and has posted seven 25-win seasons, including three 30-win campaigns, and captured the 2017 NCAA Championship.

Staley in 2017-18 capped her 10th season at South Carolina with a fourth-straight Southeastern Conference Tournament crown and a 29-7 record. She also owns four SEC regular season titles and led the Gamecocks to the 2017 NCAA Championship.

Staley posted 30-win seasons from 2014-15 through 2016-17, finished the 2016-17 season with a 33-4 record and earned a school-record 34 victories in 2014-15.

In her most successful season as a head coach at that time, Staley coached her team in 2014-15 to a 34-3 record, a share of the SEC regular season title, the SEC Tournament crown and was a Co-SEC Coach of the Year. She piloted South Carolina to its first NCAA Final Four in program history. Further, the Gamecocks also reached the No. 1 spot in the national polls for the first time in history.

In 2013-14 Staley led the Gamecocks to a 29-5 mark, the program’s first Southeastern Conference regular season title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where she advanced her team to the Sweet 16. Staley in 2014 was named the SEC Coach of the Year, WBCA Region 3 Coach of the Year and was one of four finalists for the Naismith National Coach of the Year award.

In addition to her winning record at SC, Staley in her 11 seasons has advanced South Carolina to eight NCAA Tournaments, and in addition to the 2017 title, reached the 2015 Final Four; the 2018 Elite Eight; and 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2019 Sweet 16s. Further, she was tabbed the 2012 Black Coaches Association National Coach of the Year and 2014 Basketball Times National Coach of the Year.

Prior to arriving at South Carolina, Staley was the head coach at Temple for eight years (2000-01 through 2007-08), where she took over a program that had not seen a winning record since 1989-90 and had never won the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament.

She turned the program around in her first season and went on to lead the Owls to six NCAA Tournaments and captured four A-10 Tournament titles. In all, Staley compiled a 172-80 (.683) record and had six 20-plus win seasons.

Her exploits did not go unnoticed. The 2005 WBCA Region 1 Coach of the Year was named the 2004 and 2005 A-10 Coach of the Year; and the 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006 Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year.

Including her eight seasons as head coach at Temple University, Staley owns a career coaching record of 445-177 (.715 winning percentage) in 19 years as a collegiate head coach.

As an athlete, Staley was a fixture on USA Basketball teams nearly every year from 1989-2004. A two-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year (1994, 2004), 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 Ceremonies. Additionally, Staley was named the MVP at the 1994 Goodwill Games and served on the USA Basketball Executive Committee as an athlete representative.

Capping an illustrious international playing career with her third Olympic gold medal in 2004, Staley first competed for USA Basketball as a member of the 1989 USA Junior World Championship Team, and through the years USA teams with Staley on the roster posted an amazing 196-10 record (.951).

She was a key in numerous successes for her country. In addition to the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic golds, Staley was on hand as the U.S. captured a pair of FIBA World Championship golds (1998 and 2002), while also helping the red, white and blue land on top of the podium at the 1999 U.S. Olympic Cup, 1994 Goodwill Games, 1993 World Championship Qualifying Tournament, 1992 R. William Jones Cup and 1991 World University Games. Her bronze medal came as the U.S. rebounded from a semifinal loss in the 1994 FIBA World Championship to return home with the bronze medal.

One of her more impressive international highlights include being a member of the historic 1995-96 USA Basketball Women's National Team that rolled up a 60-0 record, captured the 1996 Olympic gold medal and was named the 1996 USA Basketball and U.S. Olympic Committee Team of the Year.

A two-year ABL and eight-year WNBA veteran, Staley saw action in seven All-Star Games, two in the ABL (1997, 1998) and five in the WNBA (2000-03, 2005-06).

During her four years as a point guard at the University of Virginia (1989-92), her teams compiled a 110-21 record for a sparkling 83.9 winning percentage, appeared in four NCAA Tournaments, including three Final Fours (1990, 1991, 1992), and finished as NCAA runner-up in 1991.

The 1991 and 1992 National Player of the Year as a junior and senior, Staley was the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year in each of those years and was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Women's Basketball Team in 2002. Virginia received outstanding play from Staley in the NCAA Tournament, and she earned Most Outstanding Player honors following the 1991 Final Four. She garnered 1991 and 1992 All-Final Four honors and was the NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

The recipient of the 1998 American Red Cross Spectrum Award, Staley has been honored on numerous occasions for her work with inner-city Philadelphia children through the foundation that bears her name, including the 1999 WNBA Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

For her work within her community, the WNBA announced the inception of the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award in 2007. The honor is earned by the WNBA player who best exemplifies the characteristics of a leader in the community in which she works or lives.

In 2006 Staley was presented with the 2006 Temple University Hospital Auxiliary Diamond Award and honored with the 2006 Distinguished Alumna Award for the University of Virginia.

She graduated from Virginia with a bachelor of arts in rhetoric and communication studies.

USA Basketball Highlights

  • Honors:
    • Head Coach: 2018 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year, 2015 USA Basketball Co-National Coach of the Year.
    • Athlete: 2004 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony flag bearer, 1994 & 2004 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year, 1994 Goodwill Games MVP.
  • Gold Medals:
    • Head Coach: 2018 FIBA World Cup, 2015 FIBA U19 World Cup, 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship & 2007 Pan American Games
    • Assistant Coach: 2016 Olympics, 2014 FIBA World Cup, 2008 Olympics & 2007 FIBA Americas Championship
    • Athlete: 1996, 2000 & 2004 Olympics, 1998 & 2002 FIBA World Cups, 1999 U.S. Olympic Cup, 1994 Goodwill Games, 1993 World Championship Qualifying Tournament, 1992 R. William Jones Cup and 1991 World University Games as an athlete.
  • Bronze Medal:
    • Assistant Coach: 2006 FIBA World Cup
    • Athlete: 1994 FIBA World Cup

Professional Highlights

  • 2013 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and 2012 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.
  • 2012 Black Coaches Association National Coach of the Year.
  • 2014 Basketball Times National Coach of the Year.
  • 2014, 2015, 2016 Naismith National Coach of the Year finalist.
  • Five-Time conference Coach of the Year (SEC & A-10) and four-time Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year.
  • 2014, 2015, 2016 WBCA Region 3 Coach of the Year.
  • 2005 WBCA Region 1 Coach of the Year
  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 SEC regular season titles.
  • 2015, 2016, 2017 SEC Tournament titles.
  • Four Atlantic 10 Conference regular season and four A-10 Tournament titles.
  • 13 NCAA Tournaments, including capturing one NCAA Championship (2017) and advancing as far as one Final Four semifinal (2015), one Elite Eight (2018) and four Sweet 16s (2012, 2014, 2016, 2019).

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USA Basketball announced on June 20, 2019, that Dan Hughes, Cheryl Reeve and Jennifer Rizzotti would return through 2020 as assistants for the USA National Team and U.S. Olympic Team in Tokyo.

Dawn Staley's Coaching Record

USA Basketball Coaching Experience

Team Position W-L PCT Finish
2018 FIBA World Cup Head Coach
6-0
1.000
Gold Medal
   Exhibition Games
Head Coach 6-0 1.000
First Place @ France International Tournament (3-0)
2016 Olympic Games Assistant Coach  8-0 1.000    Gold Medal
  Pre-Olympic Exhibition Games Assistant Coach 4-0 1.000 n/a
2015 USA National Team - European Tour Assistant Coach  4-0 1.000    n/a
2015 USA U19 World Championship Team Head Coach 7-0 1.000    Gold Medal
  Pre-U19 Worlds Exhibition Games Head Coach 3-0 1.000 n/a
2014 USA World Championship Team Assistant Coach  6-0   1.000    Gold Medal
  Pre-Worlds Exhibition Games Assistant Coach 4-1 .800 n/a
2014 USA U18 National Team Head Coach 5-0 1.000 Gold Medal
2008 Olympic Games Assistant Coach 8-0 1.000 Gold Medal
2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament   Assistant Coach 3-0 1.000 First Place
2008 Good Luck Beijing Tournament Assistant Coach 2-1 .667 Second Place
2007 FIBA Americas Championship  Assistant Coach 5-0 1.000 Gold Medal
2007 Pan American Games Head Coach 5-0 1.000 Gold Medal
2007-08 USA National Team Assistant Coach 4-0 1.000 n/a
2006 FIBA World Championship Assistant Coach 8-1 .889 Bronze Medal
  Exhibition vs. Australia Assistant Coach 1-0 1.000 n/a
2006 USA Senior National Team Assistant Coach 3-1 .750 Opals World Challenge title
2006 USA National Team Acting Head Coach    1-0  1.000 Opals World Challenge
USA Basketball Totals 93-4 .959 8 gold medals, 1 bronze medal, 3 tournament titles, 1 tournament second-place finish

Collegiate Coaching Record

Season Team W- L PCT Notes
2018-19 South Carolina 23-10 .697 NCAA Sweet 16
2017-18 South Carolina 29-7 .806 NCAA Elite Eight, Southeastern Conference Tournament champions
2016-17 South Carolina 33-4 .892
NCAA Champion, Southeastern Conference regular season & tournament champion
2015-16 South Carolina 33-2 .943 NCAA Sweet 16, Southeastern Conference regular season & tournament champion
2014-15 South Carolina 34-3 .919 NCAA Final Four, Southeastern Conference regular season & tournament champion
2013-14 South Carolina 29- 5 .853 NCAA Sweet 16, Southeastern Conference regular season champion
2012-13 South Carolina 25- 8 .758 NCAA second round
2011-12 South Carolina 25-10 .714 NCAA Sweet 16
2010-11 South Carolina 18-15 .545 WNIT second round
2009-10 South Carolina 14-15 .483 ---
2008-09 South Carolina 10-18 .357 ---
2007-08 Temple 21-13 .618 NCAA Tournament, Atlantic 10 regular season champion
2006-07 Temple 25- 8 .758 NCAA second round
2005-06 Temple 24- 8 .778 NCAA Tournament, Atlantic 10 regular season & tournament champion
2004-05 Temple 28- 4 .875 NCAA second round, Atlantic 10 regular season & tournament champion
2003-04 Temple 21-10 .677 NCAA Tournament, Atlantic 10 regular season & tournament champion
2002-03 Temple 14-15 .483 ---
2001-02 Temple 20-11 .645 NCAA Tournament, Atlantic 10 Tournament champion
2000-01 Temple 19-11 .633 WNIT
Totals 19 seasons 445-177 .715 12 NCAA Tournaments, 2 WNITs,
8 conference regular season titles,  8 conference tournament titles
At S.C.
11 seasons
273-97 .738  

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