A three-time Olympic gold medalist as a player, as coach of the USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team, Dawn Staley gets to work with talented players who are just beginning their basketball journey.
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When Dawn Staley arrived at her first USA Basketball event 25 years ago, one of the coaches on hand asked her a very important question:

Do you want to be good or do you want to be great?

“Stuff like that sticks with me, because I always want to be great,” said Staley, who is the 2014 USA U18 National Team head coach as well as an assistant to the 2014 USA World Championship Team. “But sometimes you don’t know the path that leads to greatness.”

Staley’s path certainly led to greatness. She represented USA Basketball as a player from 1989, when she played for the National Junior World Championship Team, until 2004 – when she won her third Olympic gold medal. In all, Staley has won 10 gold medals as a player. Currently the head coach at the University of South Carolina, she has also earned gold as a head and assistant coach for USA Basketball.

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