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Dawn Staley

Enshrined 2013
Philadelphia, PA
Born: May 4, 1970

Biography

Dawn Staley began to garner national attention as a freshman at the University of Virginia under head coach Debbie Ryan starting in 1988. While there, she led the Cavaliers to four NCAA Tournaments, including three consecutive Final Four appearances, and one NCAA national championship game. A two-time National Player of the Year, Staley left Virginia as the all-time leader in steals. After college the Philadelphia native joined the American Basketball League playing for the Richmond Rage, who later relocated to her hometown, earning two All Star selections for the upstart league. Staley began a remarkable run in 1996 winning the first of three consecutive gold medals in Olympic competition, even carrying the flag to represent the United States in the 2004 Athens Games. Staley played eight seasons in the WNBA for the Charlotte Sting and Houston Comets and was a five-time WNBA All Star. She is the only player in women’s college basketball history to record more than 2,000 points, 700 assists, and 400 steals.

Career Highlights

Three-time Kodak All-America, 1990, 1991, 1992
Holds NCAA career record for steals, 454
ABL First Team, 1996
USA Today National High School Player of the Year, 1988