USC women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley will not be leaving to take over the head coaching job at Virginia. Rumors swirled about Staley leaving for her alma matter as soon as word leaked that Debbie Ryan was resigning as the Cavs coach. Staley released a statement today confirming she would be staying put in Columbia.
“A lot of people have been talking about me going to Virginia since Debbie Ryan stepped down, and I understand that. It’s my alma mater, where I was really shaped as a person, so it’s a natural conversation to have In the end, Virginia is going in a different direction, and I’m staying at the University of South Carolina because I truly believe we have a bright future here. The more I thought about it, the more I didn’t want to leave because of the direction we have this program going. The players we have coming in next year are going to help us grow even more, and the groundwork our coaching staff is laying with future classes has been outstanding. We feel like we have a gold mine here, and I’m confident our best days at South Carolina are ahead of us.”
Staley led the Lady Gamecocks to the second round of the NIT this season.