Dawn Staley

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 Dawn Staley
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Dawn Staley on February 10, 2020.
Born (1970-05-04) May 4, 1970 (age 52)

Dawn Michelle Staley (born May 4, 1970) is an American women's basketball coach and player.[1] She is a four-time Southeastern Conference (SEC) Coach of the Year winner and the 2020 Associated Press Coach of the Year.[2] She was hired at University of South Carolina in the 2008-2009 season.[2] Before, she had coached at Temple University.[3] In 2017 they won the national title. She has five SEC regular titles and six league tournament crowns.[3] She also coached the USA women's olympic basketball team at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 where they won the gold medal.[4]

Education[change | change source]

Staley went to high school at Dobbins Tech High school.[5] She led them to 3 league championships.[5] She won high school player of the year as a senior.[5] She decided to go to University of Virginia because she could play immediately and for their reputation for developing point guards.[5] She was one of six children the first person in her family to go to college.[5]

Career[change | change source]

Staley was a basketball coach at Temple University.[2] Her team at Temple won many games and got to play in the NCAA tournaments for eight years.[2]

Staley came to coach at the University of South Carolina in the 2007-2008 season.[3] The South Carolina women's basketball team was not very popular.[2] Staley helped them win their first national championship in 2017.[2] The team's really good season in 2020 was ended by the COVID-19 Pandemic.[2]

In 2021, Staley signed a seven-year contract with the South Carolina Gamecocks.[1][3] She earns a $1 million US base salary.[3] She will also receive $1.9 million US every subsequent year which will grow by $100,000 every year.[3] She can also get up to $680,000 in incentive bonuses.[3] If Staley leaves without reason, she would pay the school 5 million.[3] If the school fired her without reason, they would owe her 3 million dollars.[3] Staley believes that the 22.4 million dollars will help equalize women's and men's pay in basketball.[3] She is now the highest paid black women's basketball coach, and one of the highest paid basketball coaches.[3] Staley also passed Louisiana State University coach Kim Mulkey making her the highest paid coach in the Southeastern Conference.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "South Carolina awards Staley 7-year, $22.4 million contract". AP NEWS. 2021-10-15. Retrieved 2022-01-30.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Hurd, Sean (2020-03-23). "Dawn Staley and the sting of losing a championship season". The Undefeated. Retrieved 2022-01-30.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Associated Press. (2021-10-15). "South Carolina awards Dawn Staley 7-year, $22.4 million contract". College Basketball | NBC Sports. Retrieved 2022-01-30.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Jim Brady Special to The,Washington Post. (1991, Mar 28). Staley quietly emerges as nation's best player: COLLEGES WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR DAWN STALEY'S VIRGINIA STATISTICS. The Washington Post (1974-) Retrieved from https://www.proquest.com/docview/140518968