Columbia, SC (WLTX) - USC Women's basketball coach Dawn Staley will receive the Order of the Palmetto Saturday, the highest civilian honor in the state of South Carolina.

Governor Nikki Haley will present the award to Staley at halftime of the USC-Florida football game.

"I am grateful for Governor Haley's generosity with this award and am humbled by joining the others who have received it," Staley said in a statement. "Returning to South Carolina where my mother is from has been a blessing, and we have spent five-plus years doing our best to represent the state well. I am so happy to coach at this University and be able to share my experiences and provide opportunities for the young women here to play for and thrive at their own state university."

"I am honored to award Dawn Staley the Order of the Palmetto and recognize her outstanding leadership at the University of South Carolina," Haley said Friday. "Her dedication to promoting success among young athletes will have a lasting impact, and we are deeply appreciative of all that she has done to make a positive difference in our great state."

Back in September, Staley received was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. During her playing career, Staley was a two-time ACC Player of the Year, a three-time Olympic champion, and a five-time WNBA all-star.

Staley has lead the Gamecocks to back-to-back 25 win seasons.

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