Leading The Charge In Women's Basketball: Dawn Michell Staley

Leading The Charge In Women's Basketball: Dawn Michell Staley
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Kuthula Magubane
Kuthula Magubane
May 19th 2023

In 21 seasons as a head coach, Dawn Michelle Staley has led her college teams to 11 25-win seasons, a total of 17 postseason appearances (two WNIT), and 128 weeks in the Associated Press top 10, including 25 in the No. 1 spot. You can place your bet on who will take the women's college Basketball No.1 spot at New Jersey Online Gambling sites like FanDuel, BetMGM, and DraftKings.

Also a force in USA Basketball, Staley was named the U.S. Women’s National Team head coach for 2017-21, leading the U.S. to 2018 FIBA World Cup gold to earn USAB National Coach of the Year honors that year, adding gold medals at the 2019 and 2021 FIBA AmeriCups and stretching the U.S. Olympic gold medal streak to seven straight at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Prior to that appointment, Staley led three other U.S. teams to gold medals – 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships, 2014 FIBA U18 Americas Championship, 2007 Pan Am Games – and served as an assistant on the Senior National Team 2006-08 and again 2014-16, during which the U.S. claimed gold in the 2014 FIBA World Championship and the 2008 and 2016 Olympics.

Staley’s 13 seasons at the helm of the Gamecocks include:

  • 2017 NCAA National Championship
  • Three NCAA Final Fours in the last six tournaments (2015, 2017, 2021)
  • Ranking in the AP Top 25 every week since Dec. 10, 2012, including 95 weeks in the top five
  • 25 weeks ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll, including the first-ever final No. 1 ranking in program history (2019-20)
  • Nine 25-win seasons, including four 30-win campaigns led by a school-record 34 victories in 2014-15
  • Five SEC regular-season championships (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020)
  • Six SEC Tournament titles (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021)
  • Three top-two recruiting classes (#1 in 2021, #1 in 2019, #2 in 2014)
  • Seven NCAA Attendance titles, averaging over 10,000 fans each season (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)


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