Jolette Law is coming back to her Palmetto State roots.
The Florence native has been a Tennessee assistant for the past six seasons after serving as the head coach at Illinois.
Now, Law is returning to the state as she has been hired by Dawn Staley to fill the vacancy on the USC staff. This was first reported by the Knoxville News Sentinel.
The vacancy on the USC staff came when Nikki McCray-Penson left to become the new head coach at Old Dominion. This news of Law coming to Columbia comes the same week as USC added Tennessee transfer Te'a Cooper.
“I am excited to welcome Jolette to the Gamecock family,” Staley said in a statement.
“Her experience as a head coach and recruiter will be instrumental as we continue to compete for and win championships. Her basketball knowledge, energy and passion for the game are invaluable additions to our program.”
Staley said Law has had her eye on coming back to the Palmetto State for some time and now the Wilson High School graduate will be able to reach that goal.
“Amazing how things come full circle,” Law said in a statement.
“I grew up a Gamecock fan, and today I’m proud to say that I am officially part of the Gamecock family. I chose to become a Gamecock for three reasons. First, it brings me closer to my mom, family and friends in Florence. Second, I get to work with Dawn Staley, a good friend who also happens to be a Hall of Famer, an Olympic coach and national champion. Third, the family culture and authentic spirit of the administration, women’s basketball staff, the young ladies on the team and everyone that touches the program is real.
“The Gamecock championship culture drew me in and made me want to be a part of what [Athletics Director] Ray Tanner and Dawn Staley are building in Columbia. I am grateful for Coach Staley bringing me back home to South Carolina.”
After high school, Law became a standout guard at Iowa, helping the Hawkeyes win four straight Big 10 championships. She also was a First Team All-Big 10 selection in 1989 and 1990. Law would play for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1991-94. Her coaching career included stops at Ball State and Rutgers before serving five years as the head coach at Illinois where she went 69-93. She joined the Tennessee staff in 2012.