Road to Rio; EXCLUSIVE interview with Dawn Staley in the lead up to the Rio Olympic Games (VIDEO)
Dawn Staley?is an American?basketball?hall of fame 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. After playing point guard for the?University of Virginia?under?Debbie Ryan, and 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. She was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.
While still a WNBA player, she started coaching the?Temple University?Owls women’s basketball team in 2000. In six years at Temple, she led the program to six NCAA tournaments, three regular season conference championships, and four conference tournament titles.
On May 7, 2008 she was named the?University of South Carolina?women’s head basketball coach. Over the following six seasons, she improved her program’s record every year, up to winning the SEC in 2013-2014. In late 2014 her team achieved the program’s first #1 ranking, making her only the second individual to both play on and coach a #1 ranked team.
In 2015, she was announced as one of the Assistant Coaches for Team USA in Rio 2016.
Our FCN Media Team in the US caught up with Dawn at the recent USA Basketball Team Showcase just before the start of the Olympic Games to ask her about her coaching journey and any advice she has for other female coaches…
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