The former hoops great, who has coached the Gamecocks to three consecutive regular-season SEC Championships, is hosting a coaches clinic Oct. 30 on her home court called “Women Empowering the Game.” Featured speakers include Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, Chicago Sky coach Pokey Chatman, Seattle Storm coach Jenny Boucek, WNBA president Lisa Borders, and director of WNBA basketball operations Renee Brown.
The clinic is a first for Staley, who hopes to help coaches at all levels continue to improve their craft.
“It will be a great tool for coaches to learn from the pros and better their approach,” Staley said. “A lot of coaches don’t know the best ways to coach today’s athletes. A lot has changed.”
Staley said she got to know Reeve over the last few years as both were assistant coaches for the United States Olympic Team. She went to a clinic of Reeve’s, and sought out other female coaches to round out her clinic roster.
“I haven’t played in the WNBA in ten years, and it’s a whole different culture there now,” Staley said.
Besides coaching skills, today’s college coaches also need to teach life skills, Staley said.
Those interested in attending can sign up at: gamecocksonline.com/empowerclinic