Temple women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley spoke to the media during a press conference on August 30. Staley, who won the Atlantic Ten Coach of the Year award in 2004, returned from Athens, Greece with her third gold medal as a member of the USA women’s basketball team.
“I gave my mom my first gold medal and I kept the second,” Staley said. “Now mom wants the third. That will be hard to give up. This one is very special.”
Staley averaged 4.1 points, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals as Team USA’s starting point guard. Along with Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swopes, Staley was the team’s only other three-time Olympian.
“My role on the team changed to where I was expected to lead by example for Diana [Taurasi], Sue [Bird] and some of the other first-timers,” Staley said.
Staley now returns to Charlotte to finish up the WNBA season. The Sting currently sit tied with the Connecticut Sun for first place in the East Division. Her defending A-10 champion Temple Owls begin their season Nov. 19 at Brown.
– Sarah Schultz