Dawn Staley Becomes Highest Paid Black Female Basketball Coach – Video


Dawn Staley, head coach of women’s basketball at the University of South Carolina has inked a seven-year contract with Gamecocks, worth $22.4 million, which makes her the highest-paid coach in women’s basketball. She is now officially tied as the highest-paid coach in the women’s basketball of the NCAA. According to the Bleacher report, Dawn Staley has been locked by South Carolina in a seven-year contract, worth $22.4 million, which also matches the salary of Geno Auriemma, UConn’s coach.

According to the contract, the base salary of Staley would be $1 million per year and adding the outside compensation, it would begin at 1.9 million dollars. Secondly, her pay structure would also escalate by $100,000 every year and would make the outside compensation of $2.6 million in seven years. 51-year-old Philadelphia native, Dawn Staley said, “Credit where it’s due, this university and this state have a rich history of ra-cism, and I’m not going to disregard that.

But this is one of the most progressive decisions they’ve ever made.

They need to be recognized for being committed to leading the way in gender equity in America. This is an equitable statement and in the midst of all our inequities in our country, I hope it’s a turning point.” Ray Tanner, South Carolina athletic director, said, “Dawn Staley is one of the nation’s top coaches, regardless of the sport. She has built our women’s basketball program from the ground up, and her teams have produced champions both on and off the floor.”

He added, “The ability to keep Coach Staley at the University of South Carolina is great news for all Gamecocks. I join with our fans in looking forward to seeing the great achievements her program will continue to produce in the future.” In 2008, Staley became the head coach of the Gamecocks women’s basketball team. The team won the NCCA championship in both 2017 and 2020 and she received the title of National Coach of the Year.

As a coach of the United States women’s basketball team, Staley also bagged a gold medal at the summer’s Tokyo Olympics. She has also helped the US to win 11 international gold medals. As a player, Staley has won the gold medal with the US basketball team in 1996 and has played for both WNBA and the short-lived American Basketball League. She is one of the 12 women’s basketball coaches who has earned a minimum of $1 million per year.

According to USA Today, the other women’s basketball coaches includes Gary Blair (Texas A&M), Adia Barnes (Arizona), Brenda Frese (Maryland), Kim Mulkey (LSU), Kelly Graves (Oregon), Jeff Walz (Louisville), Vivian Stringer (Rutgers) and Vic Schaefer (Texas). When the contract negotiations started, Staley considered the pay in inequality in sports and knows the fact that the WNBA players earn seven times less than their male counterparts. Staley said, “I didn’t do this for me.

I am an advocate of equal pay and overall, this is a huge statement for women and for women — and not just in sports but all over the country — when you think about how much less they’re paid on the dollar compared to men.” Staley said that it’s been always been an honor for her to represent the University of South Carolina. She said, “This contract represents the university’s commitment to supporting me and our women’s basketball program. Contract negotiations are challenging, but this one was especially important as I knew it could be a benchmark, an example for other universities to invest in their women’s basketball programs, too.”