Outstanding! Dawn Staley Wins USBWA National Coach of the Year Award for Fourth Time

by Gee NY
South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley reacts after a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond) (Nell Redmond / Associated Press)

South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley has once again etched her name in the annals of collegiate coaching history, securing the National Coach of the Year award from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) for an impressive fourth time.

This latest accolade is proof of Staley’s exceptional leadership and coaching prowess, as she guided the Gamecocks to remarkable success during the 2023 season.

Despite facing the challenge of rebuilding her team after losing five starters from last year’s Final Four squad, Staley orchestrated a remarkable campaign that saw South Carolina clinch its third consecutive NCAA Tournament #1 seed.

Under her guidance, the Gamecocks delivered a stellar performance, going undefeated throughout the regular season and dominating their conference tournament.

Staley’s unparalleled achievements in women’s college basketball have firmly established her as a coaching legend. With this latest honor, she adds another illustrious accolade to her already impressive résumé, showcasing her exceptional ability to lead and inspire her team to greatness year after year.

The USBWA’s recognition of Staley as the Women’s National Coach of the Year marks the third consecutive year she has received this prestigious award and the fourth time in her illustrious career.

Her consistent success and unwavering dedication to excellence have rightfully earned her a place among the coaching elite.

The USBWA’s National Coach of the Year award is set to be celebrated at a banquet hosted by the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on April 17.

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