Staley named assistant coach for 2008 USA Basketball Olympic Team
|After leading the United States to a bronze medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championships this past summer, head women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley has been retained as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team through the 2008 Olympics, provided the United States qualifies for the Beijing Games.
Staley, along with WNBA head coach Mike Thibault of the Connecticut Sun and Duke head women’s basketball coach Gail Goestenkors, will assist USA head coach Anne Donovan and the 2007–08 USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team as it looks to qualify for the 2008 Olympics and defend the U.S.’s streak of three Olympic gold medals, all of which Staley had a hand in as the national team’s point guard.
The USA’s next chance to qualify for the 2008 Olympics will be at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, slated for Sept. 25–29 in Valdivia, Chile.
The gold medalist at that tournament will earn a berth to the Beijing Olympics 12-nation field.