Dawn Staley Joins Gamecock Women's Basketball
May 10, 2008
Athletics Director Eric Hyman
"When we were researching Dawn, I talked to one of her coaching counterparts in the Atlantic 10, and he prayed that we hired her. He said for the benefit of his coaching career, we needed to hire her out of that conference."
"To me, one of the greatest accomplishments (you can achieve) is to carry the American flag at the Olympic Games. Dawn Staley did that at the 2004 Olympics in Athens."
"She is going to be a wonderful role model for young women not only at the University of South Carolina, not only just Columbia but for the whole state of South Carolina."
"I couldn't be more excited to have a person like Dawn Staley. I ask you, if you were a [student-athlete], why would you not want to come play for Dawn at the University of South Carolina in the SEC?"
Women's Basketball Head Coach Dawn Staley
"Anytime you have someone committed to something, more often than not you're going to be successful at it."
"We're going to work extremely hard at everything we do. We're going to work at turning this program around. I know Eric Hyman said it's going to take some time. I'm patient, but I'm not that patient."
"Personally, I have a lot of family members supporting me today. This is the birth state of my mother (Seneca, S.C.). Secondly, professionally I want to coach against some of the best coaches in the country, and this is one of the best conferences in the country."
"It's fulfilling to affect the lives of young people on a daily basis. Most importantly is doing it the right way. Doing things the right way is sometimes uncomfortable and hard, but I think putting in hard work is more gratifying when you're successful."
"My vision is to bring national prominence to South Carolina. It's a bold move, but challenges are things that drive me."
"We want you to embrace our basketball team in a way like no other. I met five of our players today, and they're eager to get started. The University of South Carolina women's basketball team is going to be synonymous with working hard and doing things the right way."
"Some people say, `Why USC?' I say why not? They have the commitment, facilities and coaches; it's a great time to be part of the movement at USC. I'm so happy because this is the first time I can speak on it now that everything has been approved."
On leaving Philadelphia
On coaching against Pat Summtit at Tennessee
On her style of play
On being the first female African-American head coach at the University
"The team is going to be asked to do certain things in the community and they'll be asked to do things academically. One thing I tell them is your body is an amazing thing so let it be amazing."
Demetress Adams on Coach Staley's emphasis on hard work
Brionna Dickerson on what she liked most about Dawn Staley as a player and how that might translate to her coaching