Athletic director Bill Bradshaw called Staley an inspiration for women in many ways.
"Dawn Staley has excelled in every aspect of her life - as a student-athlete, as a professional player, as an Olympian and here at Temple as a head coach," Bradshaw said.
"She is a Philadelphia icon and provides Temple women's basketball with an image commensurate with the university's mission of access to excellence."
Staley, the Atlantic 10 coach of the year in 2004 and 2005, has guided the Owls to four conference championships (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006) over the past seven seasons. Her best season was 2004-05, when she led Temple to a record of 28-4 overall and an unprecedented 16-0 in the A-10. That team set a school record with a 25-game win streak and won the A-10 Tournament.
She has guided Temple to four Big 5 titles and a current streak of 14 consecutive City Series wins. She also twice won the prestigious Wanamaker Award, presented annually to the "athlete, team or organization that has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel."
As a former player, Staley, 36, earned two consecutive National Player of the Year awards at Virginia, was a five-time WNBA All-Star, and was selected to the league's All-Decade Team. A three-time Olympic gold medalist for Team USA, Staley carried the American flag at the Opening Ceremony of the 2004 Summer Games in Athens.
Staley was an assistant coach for the U.S. national team at the 2006 world championshipa in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is an assistant for the 2008 U.S. team expected to compete in Beijing.
Staley, a Philadelphia native and Murrell Dobbins Tech graduate, also has been involved in community and charitable activities, including the Dawn Staley Foundation, which helps at-risk youths in the city. *