Staley a finalist for National Coach of the Year

dcloninger@thestate.comMarch 19, 2014 

Head coach Dawn Staley and the South Carolina women's basketball team dances the "Wobble" during a selection show event with fans inside the Colonial Life Arena, Monday, March 17, 2014.

GERRY MELENDEZ — Gerry Melendez

Dawn Staley was named consensus SEC Coach of the Year on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, she discovered that the job she did this season wasn’t just recognized by her league.

Staley is one of four finalists for the Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year prize, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Wednesday. The winner will be announced during the Final Four.

Staley is up for the award with NC State’s Wes Moore, UConn’s Geno Auriemma and Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw, who won the award last year.

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