Here's How Dawn Staley Won Second Basketball Coaching Award 2018
2018 keeps on getting better for the South Carolina women's basketball coach, Dawn Staley!
The calendar year saw the former WNBA athlete guide the South Carolina Gamecocks to the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship as well as lead the USA Basketball Women national team to World Cup glory. Recognizing her accomplishments, the USA Basketball Association awarded Dawn with the coveted USA Basketball National Coach of the Year for the year 2018.
Read along to find out how the athlete-turned-basketball coach won her second national coaching award!
Behind Dawn Staley's Second National Coaching Award & Blistering 2018
Led by Dawn, the USA Basketball Women National Team asserted their dominance at the 2018 USA Basketball Women's World Cup held in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
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Not only did her team registered a phenomenal 6-0 win record but won all their games by an average of 20.3 points per game. In the gold medal game, the USA Basketball Women National Team thrashed tournament favorites Australia 73-56.
Earlier this year, as the head coach of the University of South Carolina's women's basketball team, Dawn guided the Gamecocks to 2017-18 to a Southeastern Conference Tournament championship and the NCCA Tournament Elite 8.
The Gamecocks' 29-7 record along with the stated World Cup clench was enough for the USA Basketball Association to award her with the 2018 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year.
For Dawn, the stated award recognizes a team effort. In an exclusive interview - following the announcement - with usab.com, she quipped:-
“For me, this award is a recognition of the people who helped me get my name on the trophy, the staff that was dedicated to winning the gold medal. That’s my main focus, not the awards and such, but my main focus is when we suit up for USA Basketball with gold on the line, we win gold or it’s a failure.”
With the honor, the Philly native becomes the first person in the US basketball history to win both USA Basketball Athlete of the Year (1994 & 2004) and National Coach of the Year awards.
Dawn leaves a message after receiving a coaching award (Photo:- USA Basketball's Twitter)
The stated coaching award marks second such honor for Dawn. Back in 2015, she shared the National Coach of the Year with Sean Miller.
Dawn's Salary & Net Worth As College Basketball Coach
The USA Basketball Association isn't the only one entity, who has recognized what Dawn brings to the table as a coach.
In April of 2018, The University of South Carolina board of trustees approved a revamped deal for her which will provide a much-needed incentive for her not to leave the Gamecocks.
Dawn, who penned an eight-year deal a year ago, will receive $300 thousand every year for five years - to invest it in a split-dollar life insurance policy - under the new agreement. However, to secure the "loan," Dawn has to stay with the Gamecocks for five seasons at least.
The deal which runs till the 2024-2025 season sees the former Temple University head coach earn $2.1 million in salary in her penultimate year as the Gamecocks coach. Last year alone, she pocketed $1.45 million in salary.
With the revamped deal in the mix, Dawn's net worth - which in 2014 was mere $1 million - will likely soar to new heights; eight-figure, perhaps?