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SPRINGFIELD, N.Y. – Sylvia Hatchell and Dawn Staley are officially members of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. The North Carolina head coach and the former five-time WNBA All-Star and Virginia All-American, along with 10 others, were enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Springfield, Mass.
Hatchell and Staley join the late NC State head coach Kay Yow as the ACC women’s basketball representatives in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Along with Hatchell and Staley, the Class of 2013 includes nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton, seven-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, four-time NCAA Final Four coach Jerry Tarkanian, five-time NCAA Final Four coach Guy Lewis, four-time NBA All-Star Bernard King, Roger Brown, Dr. E.B. Henderson, Oscar Schmidt, Richard Guerin and Russ Granik
SYLVIA HATCHELL [Coach] – Hatchell recently became just the third Division I women's coach to win 900 career games and the only coach in history to win national championships at three different levels (AIAW, NAIA and NCAA). Since taking over at the University of North Carolina in 1986, she has led the Tar Heels to three NCAA Final Fours, eight ACC championships and the 1994 National Championship. She is a three-time National Coach of the Year (1994, 2006 and 2008) and three-time ACC Coach of the Year. She has led her teams to seven 30-win seasons and twenty-eight 20-win seasons. In International competition, she was an assistant coach for the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal team and a part of four World University Games.
DAWN STALEY [Player] – As one of the most decorated players in women’s basketball history, Staley was a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, 2000 and 2004), five-time WNBA All-Star and two-time National College Player of the Year (1991-92). She was named the USA Basketball Female Player of the Year in 1994 and went on to begin her professional career as a two-time ABL All-Star (1997 and 1998). As a collegiate player, Staley was a three-time Kodak All-America selection (1990-92) at the University of Virginia and she still holds the NCAA career record for steals (454). She led the Cavaliers to three NCAA Final Four appearances and was named NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 1991. She is the only player in women’s college basketball history to record 2,000 points, 700 assists and 400 steals.