Dawn Staley

Philadelphia’s own

(Last Sunday the University of South Carolina’s women’s basketball team won the NCAA championship.  The team’s coach is Dawn Staley.  It just so happens that The Curmudgeon wrote about Staley three years ago in a piece that was really only marginally about basketball.  In honor of her victory, and because he feels that what he wrote three years ago is even more relevant today – the circumstances are different but the sentiment remains the same – he offers an encore presentation of that piece below.)

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A New Coach?

The Philadelphia 76ers basketball team is in the market for a new coach after its old coach decided he was no longer up to the challenge of leading a talent-starved team.  (And before you non-sports fans stop reading here, please bear with us; this is not really a piece about basketball.)

All of the usual suspects are lining up for the job – mostly, people who were fired from other head coaching jobs and others who have been assistant coaches whom no one has seriously considered putting in the top slot.

But The Curmudgeon has his own idea about who should coach the team.

Might the 76ers be interested in someone who was a star player in college and whose college team went to the NCAA tournament four times in four years, including three “final four” games and one national championship game?

Someone who played in the Olympics three times, won three gold medals, and carried the country’s flag during the games’ opening ceremonies?

Someone who had a highly successful six-year professional career, making the all-star team all six years?

Someone who has been coaching college basketball now for thirteen years, including eight years in Philadelphia, and whose teams have been to the NCAA tournament eight of those thirteen years?

And someone who is from Philadelphia – something that merits attention because a very bad team will have trouble drawing fans?

Well, then, The Curmudgeon has the perfect candidate for head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Dawn Staley.

You see?  The Curmudgeon told you this wasn’t really about basketball.

 

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