South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley was named 2015 USA Basketball Co-National Coach of the Year for her leadership in the United States’ gold medal at the FIBA Women’s U19 World Championship in July. Sharing the award with Sean Miller who coached the men’s team to the same honor, Staley becomes the first person to have earned both a USA Basketball Coach and Athlete of the Year award.
Athletic director Ray Tanner will present this award to Staley before Wednesday’s game.
“Sean Miller and Dawn Staley were tremendous leaders for USA Basketball this past summer at the FIBA U19 World Championships,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “We are grateful for their commitment and appreciative of the sacrifices they made in order to lead these teams to gold medals.”
With Staley at the helm, the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team won its seven games by an average margin of victory of 32.1 points. The gold medal at this year’s event in Chekhov, Russia, July 18-26, was the U.S. women’s sixth-straight U19 title. In the preliminary round of the event, the USA beat Spain 72-57, China 88-62 and Egypt 104-41. The USA downed Argentina 89-39 in the round of 16, Canada 93-45 in the quarterfinals, Spain 80-65 in the semifinals and host Russia 78-70 in a hard-fought gold medal game.
“It’s a pretty cool honor, especially when you look at all the great coaches that were coaching this summer,” Staley said.