WHoopDirt.com 2021-22 NCAA D1 Coach of the Year presented by Capital Elite Agency

University of South Carolina Head Women’s Basketball Coach Dawn Staleyhas been named as the WHoopDirt.com NCAA D1 Coach of the Year presented by Capital Elite Agency for the 2021-22 college basketball season. Staley qualified for the award by being named as the WHoopDirt.com/Capital Elite Agency Coach of the Week in Week 7 of the season. This is the second time in the past three years that Staley has captured this award.

Coach Staley led South Carolina to an historic 2021-22 season, concluding with her second National Championship victory. The Gamecocks finished the season with a record of 35-2, breaking the program wins record previously set under Staley during the 2014-15 campaign. South Carolina also posted its most ever wins against ranked teams, going an incredible 14-0 against Top 25 opponents. 

Staley’s squad was ranked No. 1 in every AP Top 25 Poll this season. They took 27 of their 32 victories by double-digits, outscoring opponents by an average of 20.2 points per game. The Gamecocks also had the third best scoring defense and best rebounding margin in the country, allowing just 50.7 points per game and pulling down an average of 17.7 more rebounds per game than their opponents. 

With a 64-49 victory over UConn on April 3rd, Coach Staley became just the sixth coach in women’s NCAA Tournament history to win more than one National Championship. She was honored with the WBCA’s Pat Summit National Coach of the Year award and the Naismith Coach of the Year award, capturing both for the second time in the past three seasons. Staley also picked up the USBWA’s Coach of the Year honor. 

The complete list of previous Coach of the Year winners as well as this year’s Coach of the Week recipients can be found below.

Previous WHoopDirt.com / Pivot Analysis Coach of the Year Award Winners:

Division I

  • 2021-22: Dawn Staley – University of South Carolina
  • 2020-21: Adia Barnes – University of Arizona
  • 2019-20: Dawn Staley – University of South Carolina

Division II

Division III



2021-22 HoopDirt.com / Capital Elite Agency Coach of the Week Winners

Week 1

NCAA DI: Anita Howard – Georgia Southern University
NCAA DII: Caleb and Nicole Neiman – Kentucky Wesleyan University
NCAA DIII: Courtney Burns – Mitchell College (CT)
NAIA: Janis Beal – The College of Idaho
JUCO: Mike Seney – CCBC Essex

Week 2

NCAA DI: Shereka Wright – Texas Arlington
NCAA DII: Steve Gomez – Lubbock Christian University (TX)
NCAA DIII: Dan Nagle – Nichols College (MA)
NAIA: David Smalley – University of Rio Grande (OH)
JUCO: Stephanie Murphy – Coahoma CC (MS)

Week 3

NCAA DI: Jose Fernandez – University of South Florida
NCAA DII: Steve Gomez – Carmen Dolfo – Western Washington University
NCAA DIII: Sasha Santimano – Bowdoin College
NAIA: Jeff Hans – Thomas More University
JUCO: Patrick Cunningham – Arizona Western College

Week 4

NCAA DI: Ty Grace – Howard University
NCAA DII: Carrie Eighmey – University of Nebraska at Kearney
NCAA DIII: Brian Morehouse – Hope College
NAIA: Bryon Lawhorn – Bryan College
JUCO: Jeremy Thompson – Monroe College-Bronx

Week 5

NCAA DI: Nell Fortner – Georgia Tech
NCAA DII: Emilee Thiesse – Minnesota State University, Mankato
NCAA DIII: Michelle Ferenz – Whitman College
NAIA: Jesse Ford – Indiana University Northwest
JUCO: Marbely Montas – Union County College

Week 6

NCAA DI: Joni Taylor – University of Georgia
NCAA DII: Jason Burton – Texas A&M Commerce
NCAA DIII: Kole Vivian – Marietta College
NAIA: Courtney Boyd – Clarke University
JUCO: Rich Cooper – Rowan College South Jersey-Gloucester

Week 7

NCAA DI: Dawn Staley – University of South Carolina
NCAA DII: D2 winter break – no games played
NCAA DIII: Todd Kent – UC Santa Cruz
NAIA: Not enough games played (winter break + COVID cancellations)
JUCO: Not enough games played (winter break + COVID cancellations)

Week 8

NCAA DI: Robin Pingeton – University of Missouri
NCAA DII: Michael Madrid – Texas A&M Kingsville
NCAA DIII: Deena Applebury – University of Mary Washington
NAIA: Dan Davis – Grace College
JUCO: James Frey – South Georgia Tech

Week 9

NCAA DI: Wes Moore – North Carolina State University
NCAA DII: Tony Hobson – Fort Hays State University
NCAA DIII: Sarah Lombard – Hartwick College
NAIA: Hannah Moeller – Mid-American Christian University
JUCO: Penny Belford – Pensacola State College

Week 10

NCAA DI: Jeff Walz – University of Louisville
NCAA DII: Cedric Baker – Savannah State University
NCAA DIII: Alison Montgomery – Bates College
NAIA: K.C. Basset – Sterling College
JUCO: Letitia Hughley – Mott Community College

Week 11

NCAA DI: Kelly Rae Finley – University of Florida
NCAA DII: Jeri Porter – Francis Marion University
NCAA DIII: Mike Miller – Messiah University
NAIA: Anji Weissenfluh – Eastern Oregon University
JUCO: Stephen Perry – Owens Community College

Week 12

NCAA DI: Niele Ivey – Notre Dame
NCAA DII: Kim Stephens – Glenville State College
NCAA DIII: Juli Fulks – Transylvania University
NAIA: Chad Folsom – Benedictine College (KS)
JUCO: Randy Rogers – College of Southern Idaho

Week 13

NCAA DI: Jacie Hoyt – Kansas City
NCAA DII: Justin Payne – Georgia Southwestern State
NCAA DIII: Emily Garner – Trinity College
NAIA: Steve Brooks – Marian University
JUCO: Madonna Thompson – Shelton State CC

Week 14

NCAA DI: Bandon Schneider – University of Kansas
NCAA DII: Kari Pickens – Ashland University
NCAA DIII: Bill Broderick – Christopher Newport University
NAIA: Danielle Fleming – Columbia International University
JUCO: Trenia Tillis Hoard – Tyler Junior College

Week 15

NCAA DI: Yolett McPhee-McCuin – Ole Miss
NCAA DII: Jim Connolly – Chestnut Hill College
NCAA DIII: Blake Arbogast – East Texas Baptist University
NAIA: Taylor Possail – Columbia College
JUCO: Darryl Watkins – Rock Valley College

Week 16

NCAA DI: Kim Mulkey – LSU
NCAA DII: Janice Washington – Lincoln University (PA)
NCAA DIII: Lynn Hersey – Smith College
NAIA: Toby Wagoner – Reinhardt University
JUCO: Tim McMahon – Edison State CC

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