|Born|| May 4, 1970 |
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||134 lb (61 kg)|
|College||University of Virginia|
|Draft||9th overall, 1999 |
|Charlotte Sting (1999–2005) |
Houston Comets (2005–2006)
|Awards and Honors|
|6× WNBA All-Star (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) |
In 2005, named the recipient of the Woman One Award for community and public service and a runner- up for the first-annual Wooden Cup Award, named after John Wooden.
|Assistant Coach for United States|
|Gold||2008 Beijing, China||Team Competition|
|Head Coach for United States|
|Pan American Games|
|Gold||2007 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Team Competition|
|Assistant Coach for United States|
|FIBA World Championship for Women|
|Bronze||2006 Barueri and Sao Paulo, Brazil||Team Competition|
Dawn Michelle Staley (born May 4, 1970) 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. In 2011, Staley was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.
Playing career 
High school years 
Staley was named the national high school player of the year during her final season at Dobbins Tech High School in Philadelphia.
College years 
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. Staley competed with USA Basketball as a member of the 1992 Jones Cup Team that won the Gold in Taipei.
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.
Team USA 
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.
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.
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|
Regular season 
|Career||8 years, 2 teams||263||256||32.4||.399||.376||.824||2.0||5.1||1.3||0.1||2.44||8.5|
|Career||6 years, 2 teams||23||18||33.0||.366||.423||.754||1.8||4.0||1.2||0.1||2.78||8.7|
Coaching career 
|1989-1992||University of Virginia|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2000 - 2008 |
|Temple University |
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||250 – 139 (.643)|
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. Staley reached the 100 win plateau in the A-10 Semifinals vs Xavier 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)|
|2000–2001||Temple||19–11||11–5||3rd||WNIT 1st Round|
|2001–2002||Temple||20–11||12–4||T–1st (East)||NCAA 1st Round|
|2003–2004||Temple||21–10||14–2||1st (East)||NCAA 1st Round|
|2004–2005||Temple||28–4||16–0||1st (East)||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2005–2006||Temple||24–8||12–4||3rd||NCAA 1st Round|
|2006–2007||Temple||25–8||13–1||2nd||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2007–2008||Temple||21–13||12–2||T–1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|South Carolina (Southeastern Conference) (2008–present)|
|2010–2011||South Carolina||18–15||8–8||T–5th||WNIT 2nd Round|
|2011–2012||South Carolina||25–10||10–6||T–4th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2012–2013||South Carolina||25–8||11–5||T–4th||NCAA 2nd Round|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
Personal life 
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.
- July 24, 2004 was proclaimed Dawn Staley Day in Charlotte by Mayor Pat McCrory.
In 2006, Staley and other individuals became prominent investors in a Foxwoods slots casino proposed for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In September 2008, facing massive opposition at the originally proposed waterfront location, backers for the slots casino decided to seek a new location in the Center City area, next to Philadelphia's Chinatown community. As of January, 2009, the casino still does not have a building permit.
See also 
- "1992 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP". Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- "FIFTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 2006". USA Basketball. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
- Foxwoods Philadelphia website, listing investors
|Preceded by |
|Flagbearer for United States |
|Succeeded by |
|Preceded by |
|ACC Female Athlete of the Year |
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