Dawn Staley has been South Carolina’s women’s basketball coach for nine years. She has led the team to four straight Southeastern Conference regular-season titles and three consecutive SEC Tournament crowns. On April 2, 2017 the Gamecocks topped Mississippi State 67-55 to win the program’s first national title.
Carolyn Peck, the first African American coach to win an NCAA women’s championship game gave Staley a piece of the net she cut down with Perdue. Staley kept it in her wallet, and it was with her when the Gamecocks won the title.
“I plan on doing the same thing that [Peck] did for me,” said Staley. “I want my piece of net to be an inspiration for someone else to win the championship.” (undefeated.com)
In honor of the historic win, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced that head coach Dawn Staley will have a part of a downtown street named after her.