COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (WACH) - University of South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley has been selected as an assistant coach for this yearâ??s USA women's basketball team.
Staley is one of three head coaches chosen by the USA Basketball Womenâ??s National Team Steering Committee, to work under Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back into the USA Basketball network," Staley said. "Itâ??s reliving some of the best days of my life. To be able to work with Geno, Doug and Cheryl, itâ??s going to open me up as a coach to learn different things. Iâ??m looking forward to the challenge, and Iâ??m looking forward to, as always, winning the gold medal."
DePaulâ??s Doug Bruno and Cheryl Reeve of the WNBA will join Staley on the USA team staff.
Staley and Bruno both served as assistant coaches for USA Basketball at the FIBA World Championship and Olympic Games, Staley in 2006 and 2008, and Bruno in 2010 and 2012.
"Overall, I think we have a great mix," Auriemma said. "We certainly have enough experience, both USA Basketball-wise, college, pro; we have a great mix of personalities that I think is going to be really, really good. We have some continuity with Doug back. We have an opportunity to bring in some younger coaches, who hopefully aspire down the road to be head coaches at USA Basketball. Theyâ??re proven winners. Theyâ??re the kind of people that USA Basketball is really important to them, and most importantly, theyâ??re people I can work with, people I have a lot of respect for and I think the committee did a great job."
Staley is no stranger to USA Basketball, she's previously played for and coached the women's team.
On the court the Gamecock coach won 10 gold medals, including three Olympic and two FIBA World Championship gold medals, one bronze medal and seven international invitational titles from 1989-2004.
Staley then transitioned into the coaching ranks, receiving her first USA Basketball coaching assignment as an assistant on the 2006 USA World Championship Team and was later asked to remain through the 2008 Olympics.
While patrolling the sidelines, Staley helped lead the 2006-08 USA National Team to a 32-2 record, captured the 2008 Olympic and 2007 FIBA Americas Championship gold medals and the 2006 FIBA World Championship bronze medal.
"I think I bring my experience of playing and coaching USA Basketball internationally," Staley said. "I still know some of the players, and have played with some of the players, who will probably be on the team. So, I add a different perspective, being able to relate to them and know their style of play, as well as being a good teammate. Just helping Geno in his quest to win another World Championship and add my expertise as someone who has played and coached at the World Championship level. I just want to be a great addition to the staff."