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Dawn Staley

Staley As Coach

Although never having coached a game, Staley agreed to become women's coach at Temple University for the Owls in April 2000. At first denying the offer, she was persuaded by Olympic teammate Teresa Edwards. At that point, Temple had not seen a winning season in more than 10 years. Staley managed to achieve an impressive 10-6 start the first season. Even the fans took notice. Previously averaging 518 fans per game, 1,754 people attended for Staley's regular-season coaching debut.

Career Statistics

CHA: Charlotte Sting.
1999 CHA 32 11.5 .415 .317 .934 2.3 5.5 1.19 .09 2.81 2.2
2000 CHA 32 8.8 .372 .330 .878 2.4 5.9 1.16 .03 2.84 2.5
2001 CHA 32 9.3 .381 .371 .895 2.2 5.6 1.63 .03 3.13 1.7
2002 CHA 32 8.7 .364 .398 .762 1.8 5.1 1.5 .00 2.50 2.1
TOTAL 128 9.6 .385 .352 .861 2.2 5.5 1.37 .04 2.82 2.1


1970 Born in Philadelphia May 4
1988 Played on Dobbins Technical High School basketball team
1989-92 All-ACC
1990-92 Final Four Tournament
1990-92 Member of ACC All-Tournament Team
1994 Member of gold medal-winning US National Team in the Goodwill Games
1994 Played in World Championships
1996 Began playing with ABL team Richmond Rage
1996 Created Dawn Staley Foundation
1996 Member of US women's basketball team for Atlanta Olympics, won gold
1998 Member of gold-winning USA World Championship Team
1999 WNBA's Charlotte Sting
2000 Member of Olympic team in Sydney
2000 Named women's coach for Temple Owls
2001 Named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team
2001 First woman in US professional basketball to record 1,000 career assists
2002 Named to the USA Basketball World Championship Team
2002 Signed 5-year extension to coach Temple

After Temple won the Philadelphia Big Five Championship and its first-ever Atlantic 10 Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth, Staley was named 2001-02 Big Five Coach of the Year. In October 2002, she signed a five-year contract extension to coach Temple. The agreement includes the NCAA tournament.

While she coached, Staley still played for the Charlotte Sting, which went to the WNBA Championship finals. There she averaged 9.3 points per game and a league third best 5.6 assists per game. She also played in the 2001 WNBA All-Star Games, racking up 4 points and 3 assists in 15 minutes for the East Team. In 2002, she was named to the USA Basketball World Championship Team.

Dawn Staley earned awards and recognition on the basketball court as well as in her community. She achieved Olympic gold, national championships, and numerous player of the year and MVP awards as a basketball star. The skilled player easily made the transition to coach to teach a new generation of young players. Assisting others to achieve their dreams, she founded the Dawn Staley Foundation, and an after school projects and scholarship programs that help economically underprivileged girls become self-confident young women. The foundation's mission is to create a future of hope for at-risk youth by providing opportunities which help them realize their dreams and become productive and responsible citizens. The creation and support of educational and sports programs which challenge minds, build character, and help youth to develop to their fullest potential academically, socially, and physically is the essence of the foundation. To achieve its mission, the foundation supports a variety of programs in North Philadelphia.

Awards and Accomplishments

1988 Named USA Today National High School Player of the Year
1989 ACC Rookie of the Year
1990-92 Kodak All-American
1990-92 NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player (East and Midwest region)
1991 World University Games gold medal
1991 Named National Player of the Year
1991 Named most outstanding player of the Final Four
1991 Sports Illustrated Player of the Year
1991 Honda Broderick Cup as the outstanding college athlete of the year
1991-92 State Player of the Year
1991-92 ACC Player of the Year
1991-92 ACC Mary Garber Award (Female Athlete of the Year)
1991-92 Naismith Trophy as the nation's outstanding woman collegiate player
1991-92 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team most outstanding player
1991-92 USBWA Player of the Year
1992 Named National Player of the Year
1992 R. William Jones Cup gold medal
1993 World Championship Qualifying Tournament gold medal
1994 Goodwill Games gold medal and MVP
1994 World Championship bronze medal
1994 Named USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year
1996 Olympic gold medal in Atlanta
1998 World Championship gold medal, team named USA Basketball Team of the Year
1998 American Red Cross Spectrum Award
1999 US Olympic Cup gold medal
1999 WNBA Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
1999 WNBA Sportsmanship Award
1999 US Olympic Cup title
1999 USA Basketball International Invitational title
2000 Olympic Games gold medal
2001-02 Big Five Coach of the Year

The Dawn Staley After School Project provides a multi-faceted program designed to empower young women with the necessary education and life skills to become responsible and proactive community leaders through academics, sport activity, and community out-reach. Staley is noted for her work ethic, dedication, and commitment to both basketball and to young people.

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