USC's Staley gets contract extension, raise

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley has received a three-year contract extension and a raise after leading the Gamecocks to a second straight NCAA tournament appearance.

The school's Board of Trustees approved a deal that keeps Staley locked in with the Gamecocks through 2019. She will receive an increase of $125,000 for a total salary package of $850,000. Her compensation will be increased by $25,000 each year after through the contract's end.

"Our goal is to build a national championship caliber program that represents the University of South Carolina with distinction both on the court and in the classroom," said Staley in a statement. "I believe we have set the foundation for that success here and I am excited to a part of building on that for years to come."

Staley just finished her fifth season at South Carolina. The team finished 25-8 and won a school record 11 games in Southeastern Conference play. The Gamecocks lost to Kansas in the second round of the NCAA tournament. They reached the round of 16 in 2012.

In late March, Ohio State was granted permission to speak with Staley about its vacant women's head coaching position. However, after meeting with USC athletics director Ray Tanner, Staley removed her name from consideration for that job to remain with the Gamecocks.

Earlier this month, Staley was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

South Carolina women's soccer coach Shelley Smith also received a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2016 season.