Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A day after her induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, USC Women's Basketball Coach Dawn Staley held court to talk about the experience.
Staley spoke to reporters Monday afternoon at the Colonial Life Arena.
On Sunday, she and 11 other players and coaches were formally inducted into the hall. The honor is particularly rare for women: just 15 females are in the hall for individual merits.
"It was awesome," Staley said. "Anytime that you're able to share something like this with the people that have supported you, it's always a great thing."
During her career, Staley was a two-time ACC Player of the Year at Virginia, a three-time Olympic champion as a player, and a five-time WNBA All-Star.
In her speech Sunday while accepting the honor in Springfield, Massachusetts, Staley took time to praise the people who'd helped her growing up and in her career.
"I'm certainly one that really appreciates all the people that have been in my life that have supported me throughout my career and I think any sucessful person really credits the people that help them along the way."
Staley said she's not comfortable in front of microphone, but felt it was important to talk about her life and the adversity she's overcome.
"Just getting on the stage, sharing my story, it made me nervous, but also it made me want to share our story with people who follow me and also people who didn't know anything about me and just for people who actually needed to hear those words."
"It was a pretty big weekend for all of us and we all just really enjoyed it."