Dawn Staley named USA Basketball Women's National Team head coach

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – USC women’s head coach Dawn Staley earned a top honor Friday when she was named head coach of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team.

Staley will serve as the head coach through 2020. The team will compete in the 2018 FIBA World Cup from Sept. 22-30 and if the USA qualifies, they will play in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan from July 24-Aug. 19.

Staley’s selection was made by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Steering Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.

“Being named head coach of the USA National Team is a tremendous honor,” said Staley, who was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012. “As a player, I was humbled each time I wore the uniform and this feels no different. I will do my very best to uphold the standards and winning tradition of the national team, and must thank the selection committee for having faith in my abilities as a coach to trust me with such an important role. I would also like to thank my teams at Temple and South Carolina for putting me in this coveted position. They allowed me to learn and grow on the job and I am truly grateful.”

The U.S. and Staley will first look to capture the title at the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup of Basketball, scheduled to be played Sept. 22-30 in Spain, with an automatic berth to the 2020 Olympic Games being awarded to the gold medalist. Should the U.S. not finish with the gold medal in 2018, it would have two additional opportunities to qualify for the Olympics: the 2019 FIBA AmeriCup and 2020 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

“I am delighted that Dawn Staley has agreed to lead our USA Basketball Women’s National Team through 2020,” said retired Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, USA Basketball Chairman. “She is a terrific coach and a great leader on and off the court. She has been part of USA Basketball for nearly three decades. I had the opportunity to get to know Dawn and watch her work as an assistant to Geno Auriemma at the 2016 Olympic Games. I am confident that she will continue to build upon the USA Basketball Women’s National Team's legacy of excellence.”

The 2016 Olympic finish marked the USA’s sixth-straight Olympic gold medal, and Staley was on the roster for five of those titles; three times as an athlete (1996, 2000, 2004) and twice as an assistant coach (2008, 2016).

Staley won a total of 10 gold medals as an athlete, including three Olympic and two FIBA World Championship gold medals, one bronze medal and seven international invitational titles from 1989-2004.

She then transitioned into the coaching ranks, received her first USA Basketball coaching assignment as an assistant to the 2006 USA World Championship Team and was later asked to remain on board through the 2008 Olympics. With Staley on the sideline, the USA National Team from 2006-08 posted a 32-2 record, captured the 2008 Olympic and 2007 FIBA Americas Championship gold medals and the 2006 FIBA World Championship bronze medal.

In 2014, Staley served as an assistant coach for the USA?World Championship Team that captured gold and also was the head coach for the gold-medal winning 2014 USA?U18 National Team.

The following year Staley was head coach for the gold-medal winning 2015 USA?U19 World Championship Team and was on hand as an assistant as the USA?National Team went 4-0 in its 2015 European tour against teams from Spain, Italy and Czech Republic.

For her efforts in 2015, Staley was named as co-recipient of the USA?Basketball National Coach of the Year award.

In all, USA?Basketball teams with Staley on the sideline own an overall record of 80-4 (.952 winning percentage) and USA teams are 21-0 with Staley serving as head coach.

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