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Dawn Staley – The Flyest Coach in Bball

The flyest coach in NCAA women’s basketball did it again! Flaunting Louis Vuitton and Gucci, South Carolina’s Dawn Staley dominated college basketball with her undefeated team on April 7 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

The game was the most-watched sporting event in the last five years of any sport, including the men’s NBA games. Staley’s team won their third NCAA championship, topping Iowa 87-75. She became the fifth head coach and the first Black coach to win three or more women’s basketball titles, joining Pat Summit (eight), UConn’s Geno Auriemma (11), LSU’s Kim Mulkey (four), and Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer (three), according to USA Today.

The Philadelphia native was already a decorated basketball player (she won three Olympic gold medals with Team USA and is a six-time WNBA All-Star) and is now one of the most decorated coaches in college basketball. 

Remarkably, she was able to pull it off after losing several starters to the WNBA draft last year. It helped that her new lineup included the dream team of Raven Johnson, Te-Hina Paopao, Bree Hall, Ashlyn Watkins, and Kamilla Cardoso, with a notable bench featuring MiLaysia Fulwiley, Chloe Kitts, Tessa Johnson, and Sania Feagin.

Staley stayed humbled after each media interview when her team won and credited God and other players. It probably helped her team won every game. Despite the South Carolina Gamecocks not getting the media attention they deserved for having an undefeated season, Staley wasn’t spiteful and said after the championship, “I want to personally thank Caitlin Clark for lifting up our sport. She carried a heavy load for our sport, and it’s not gonna stop here on the collegiate tour, but when she’s the number 1 pick in the WNBA Draft, she’s gonna lift that league up as well. So Caitlin Clark if you’re out there you are one of the goats of our game.”

It’s true; Clark brought a whole new fan base to women’s basketball and had every sports analyst talking about her. It also helped she was selling out arenas wherever she played. Even Coach Kim Mulkey of LSU stole media headlines when the Washington Post and the LA Times reported about her questionable coaching style. Instead of focusing on the game, Mulkey used media briefings to call out reporters. 

Yet… Staley and her team finally got their props by taking the championship back to South Carolina. And her fashion savvy got us looking up her outfits or “fits” (as the players say) on the net. 

Ebony Huerta Wells has over 25 years of writing and media experience. She was a former business journalist with a major newspaper and worked for other niche publications.

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