Dawn Staley is one of those rare people in sports that seemingly everyone admires and respects.
The North Philly native, who jumpstarted her coaching career with the Temple Owls, won her first national championship over the weekend as the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks. Staley fulfilled a lifelong dream doing so and became just the second African-American coach to be crowned a national champion, joining Carolyn Peck who won at Purdue in 1999. There's a fun little anecdote about a gesture between the two of them, which the NCAA shared below.
Dawn Staley will be able to fulfill a promise to Carolyn Peck, the only other African-American woman to coach a national champion. pic.twitter.com/T6Uyve0JJX— NCAA WBB (@ncaawbb) April 3, 2017
Staley showed love for her Philly roots in her postgame press conference, as any good Philadelphian should do when celebrating anything of note.
"You have to give tribute to the former players," Staley said. "Go back to my Temple days, they believed in our vision. We took that vision to South Carolina and that vision was we'll be national champions. If you stick with us and if you're disciplined, if you believe all these players believed in that. Happy our words came true to them."
She also took to Twitter to show love and pride for her North Philadelphia roots.
Philly love is deep!! 😍😍😍 https://t.co/qgzhMSJzup— dawnstaley (@dawnstaley) April 3, 2017
Staley received plenty of congratulations after the win, perhaps none more significant than those from President Clinton. Staley spent some time traveling in Africa with Bill and his daughter Chelsea back in 2013 on a trip checking up on the progress of Clinton Foundation projects.
You know you really acheived something when you have both former presidents and the entire section of North Philly showing you love.