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South Carolina coach Dawn Staley cuts down the net after the team’s win over Texas in the Elite Eight round of the women’s NCAA Tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio in March. South Carolina awarded Staley a seven-year, $22.4 million contract Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

Gamecocks’ Staley gets big contract

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Friday was a big day for Dawn Staley. South Carolina’s national championship coach thought it was just as important for women’s basketball and gender equity.

Staley and the school announced a new, seven-year contract that will pay her $2.9 million this season and grow to $3.5 million in the final season. She also believes the $22.4 million deal should make an impact on her sport and in the equality of what men and women’s coaches and athletes receive from their schools.

The school’s Board of Trustees approved the deal worth $22.4 million Friday to keep the national championship coach with the Gamecocks through the 2027-28 season.

The school said in a statement the new deal makes Staley the highest-paid Black coach in women’s basketball and one of the highest-paid coaches in the sport.

“Contract negotiations are challenging, but this one was especially important as I knew it could be an example for other universities to invest in their women’s basketball programs, too,” Staley said.

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