Staley to be inducted to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame | News
South Carolina women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2013, the organization announced at a press conference in Atlanta Monday.
Staley is part of a 12-member class that will be enshrined on Sunday, September 8, in Springfield, Mass.
“The Class of 2013 is one of the most distinguished groups that the Hall of Fame has ever inducted at one time,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board. “These individuals span decades of the game and have impacted the sport at every level.”
Staley is the only player in women’s college basketball history to record 2,000 points, 700 assists and 400 steals.
Staley was enshrined in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2012 with her former USA Basketball teammate and current assistant coach Nikki McCray.
In 2013, the Phoenix Club of Philadelphia established the Dawn Staley Award, given to the nation’s best guard in women’s Division I basketball.
Now making a name for herself in the coaching ranks, Staley just completed her 13th season as head coach, her fifth at South Carolina. In leading the Gamecocks to a 92-66 record over that time, she has guided the team to back-to-back 25-win seasons, including this season’s 25-8 mark for the fourth-highest winning percentage in program history. The Gamecocks advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2012, the deepest into the tournament a Staley-coached team has advanced.
Joining Staley in the Class of 2013 are: nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton, seven-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, four-time NCAA Final Four coach Guy Lewis, four-time NBA All-Start Bernard King, three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell, Roger Brown, Dr. E.B. Henderson, Oscar Schmidt, Richard Guerin and Russ Granik.