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Dawn Staley Biography
Dawn Staley was born May 4, 1970 and is an Americanbasketball player and coach. Staley is a three-time Olympian and was elected tocarry the United States flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 SummerOlympics. She was named the University of South Carolina women's headbasketball coach on May 7, 2008. After winning the gold medal at the 1996Summer Olympics, she went to play professionally in the American BasketballLeague and the WNBA. In 2011, Staley was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15players in WNBA history.
Staley played for Team USA throughout her career. In 1994 she competed in theWorld Championships and was named the USA basketball Female Athlete of theYear. She led the 1996 team to an undefeated record of 60-0 and the gold medalat the Olympic games in Atlanta. She was also a member of the 2000 Olympic teamthat defended the gold medal.
She won a third gold medal with Team USA at the 2004 Gamesin Athens. Her Olympic performance lead to her being named 2004 USA BasketballFemale Athlete Of The Year at the end of the year. Before the Games, she wasselected to carry the flag of the United States during the parade of nations atthe opening ceremony.
After the 1999-2000 college basketball season, TempleUniversity named Staley the head coach of its women's basketball program. Inher first season, 200001, Temple University advanced to the WNIT. In 2001,2002, and 2004, her teams won the Atlantic 10 tournament to qualify for the NCAAtournament.
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 inthe second round of the NCAA Tournament to Rutgers. Staley reached the 100 winplateau in the A-10 Semifinals vs Xavier that season, becoming the fastestcoach in women's basketball to achieve that.
On May 7, 2008, it was confirmed by Temple University thatStaley would leave Temple for the recently vacated coaching position at theUniversity of South Carolina. She left Temple with the best overall record of172-80, 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 andhelped the Americans win their fourth straight gold medal in women's basketballand sixth in their past seven Olympic appearances.
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