Temple University head women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley has signed a new five-year contract extension, director of athletics Bill Bradshaw announced on Oct. 28.
The agreement extends through the 2006-2007 season, including the NCAA tournament.
“In just two seasons as head coach, Dawn Staley has transformed Temple women’s basketball and brought the program into the local and national spotlight,” said Temple president David Adamany.
“Her work ethic, her dedication and her commitment to basketball, to Temple, and to the community are second to none. Dawn Staley and Temple women’s basketball are clearly a winning combination, and we are thrilled that it will continue for years to come.”
“I’m pleased that the administration and the athletic department have given me the opportunity to continue what we started here at Temple,” said Staley.
“The contract extension represents the level of commitment Temple has to building a winning tradition in women’s basketball.”
Staley was named Big Five Coach of the Year (2001-02) after Temple won the Philadelphia Big Five Championship and its first-ever Atlantic 10 Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth, the Owls’ first appearance in the “Big Dance” since 1989.
“We are fortunate to have two of the nation’s premier basketball coaches in Dawn Staley and the legendary John Chaney,” said Bradshaw.
“Chaney is a Hall of Famer and Dawn is a future Hall of Famer. Temple is extremely proud of our great coaches.”