South Carolina's Dawn Staley reportedly a top candidate for NBA coaching job
South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley is a rising star in the game, and one of the best coaches in the country. But now she may be in line for a major promotion.
A report from Shams Charania of The Athletic included Staley among several candidates for the Portland Trail Blazers opening. Other names mentioned along with Staley include Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni and Spurs executive Brent Barry.
The Gamecocks went 26-5 last season, including a 14-2 mark in SEC play. They lost to Stanford in the Final Four in San Antonio. Staley led the Gamecocks to the Final Four for the third time in the last six NCAA Tournaments. In those three trips, they lost two games by a combined two points and by the identical scores. The Gamecocks earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last seven tournaments after playing the toughest schedule in the country.
In her 21 seasons as a head coach, Staley has amassed a 503-182 (.734) record, including her 305-98 (.757) slate in her 13 seasons at South Carolina. She has led her teams to 11 25-win seasons, a total of 17 postseason appearances (two WNIT) and more than 100 weeks in the Associated Press top 10. Also a force in USA Basketball, she was named the U.S. Women’s National Team head coach for 2017-21, already leading the U.S. to 2018 FIBA World Cup gold to earn USAB National Coach of the Year honors.
The U.S. women’s training camp under Staley is reportedly set to open around July 12.