Last Ball in U-Hall: Staley Stars at Every Stop

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Dawn Staley’s first impressions of University Hall were not of a hallowed house of basketball greatness. They were more of the … shellfish variety.

“I honestly thought it looked like a clam,” Staley said in an email interview.

Guard Dawn Staley helped lead Virginia to a 110-21 record in her four years.

That first impression quickly disappeared, however, as Staley made University Hall her house for the next four years. Staley led the Cavaliers to a 110-21 record from the point, and garnered National Player of the year honors in both her junior and senior year.

Staley went on to an illustrious post college career, doing a great deal of her damage with the U.S. Olympic team. Staley is a three time Olympic gold medalist with USA basketball, and on Feb. 16 was named as an assistant coach on the team. She carried the U.S. flag during the opening ceremonies of the most recent summer games.

Besides her duties with USA basketball, Staley also continues to play in the WNBA, currently for the Houston Comets. That comes following a very successful start in professional basketball in the ABL. In 2001, Staley became the first U.S. professional to record 1,000 career assists.

Oh, and the 36 year old is also the head coach of the Temple University women’s basketball program, who she has led to three seasons of 20 wins or more, including last year’s Atlantic 10 Championship and 28-4 record. She’s only had one losing season as a coach (her third year at Temple) and her teams win approximately 70 percent of the time.

All that simply begs the question, what is Dawn Staley not good at? Try sleep.

“I don’t really sleep that much but I’m not much of a sleeper anyway,” Staley said.

Even when Staley isn’t great at something, she finds a way to translate it into a positive. Of course, it’s difficult to manage a professional basketball career at the same time as a college