Dawn Staley

442: On Coaching, Mental Fortitude, and Love | From the FM Archives

With every season of sport, we witness various feats of greatness — and getting to witness a true dynasty (and what it takes to get there) can be once in a generation.

That’s why I am super excited to share a fresh version of our previous conversation with the 2024 National Championship winning basketball coach, Dawn Staley. 

As you might know, this past Sunday, Dawn led South Carolina to their 3rd national championship in the past 7 years to top off a perfect, undefeated season. Dawn also rightfully earned the 2024 Naismith Coach of the Year Award. What a year.

As if that wasn’t enough, South Carolina also became the first team in the past 25 seasons to reach the Final Four (let alone go undefeated) without returning any starting players from last year – an amazing testament to Dawn’s leadership, and the culture she has built.

When you listen to this conversation from 2021, it will be no surprise to you how – and why – she is considered one of the best to ever do it.

I think we all have a lot to learn from Dawn’s insights – like the qualities needed to build resilience; how to develop psychological agility in the face of adversity; and why relationships are at the center of her coaching philosophy.

I hope you enjoy this incredible conversation with 3-time National Champ, 3-time Olympic gold medalist, Hall of Famer, and your 2024 coach of the year, Dawn Staley.

“Everybody gets tired and fatigued. So what happens when you get tired and fatigued? Something else has to kick in, and that’s your habits and mentality.”

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