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Dawn Staley & Sylvia Hatchell Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Dawn Staley & Sylvia Hatchell Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Dawn Staley (l) and Sylvia Hatchell

ATLANTA, Ga. and SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the 12 members of the Class of 2013 to be honored September 6-8, 2013 during this year’s Enshrinement Ceremonies. This year’s list includes five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley, three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell, 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 and four-time NBA All-Star Bernard King. They join the five directly elected members who were announced during the NBA All-Star Weekend in February by distinguished committees focused on preserving all areas from the game of basketball.

These direct-elects include Roger Brown voted in from the American Basketball Association (ABA) Committee, Dr. E.B. Henderson from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Oscar Schmidt from the International Committee, Richard Guerin from the Veterans Committee and Russ Granik from the Contributor Direct Election Committee. The Class Announcement, supported by the Hanover Insurance Group, was made at a press conference in Atlanta, the site of the 2013 NCAA Final Four, and televised live on NBA TV with host Jim Nantz from CBS Sports.

“The Class of 2013 is one of the most distinguished groups that the Hall of Fame has ever inducted at one time,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board.  “These individuals span decades of the game and have impacted the sport on every level.”

The Class of 2013 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on Sunday, September 8. Ticket packages to the 2013 Enshrinement Ceremony and all Enshrinement Events are on sale now and available by calling the Hall of Fame at (413) 231-5540.  Premium Sponsors of Enshrinement 2013 include Bud Light, Mohegan Sun and Panini.  Additional information on Enshrinement Week will be announced in the near future, and information will be available at http://www.hoophall.com/enshrinement-tickets/

THE NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2013:

From the Women’s Committee:

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.

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.

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