Dawn Staley’s jacket had everyone talking during South Carolina’s title-game beatdown of UConn

Dawn Staley is cool. Like, really cool. She’s a Hall of Fame-caliber coach, crafting a legacy that mirrors some of college basketball’s finest — names like Wooden, Summitt, Thompson and Krzyzewski.

South Carolina won its second national championship Sunday, riding the torrid shooting and defense of guard Destanni Henderson to a wire-to-wire victory over No. 2-seeded UConn, 64-49. With the victory, Staley became the first Black coach in men’s or women’s Division I basketball history to win multiple national championships, per The Athletic’s Rhiannon Walker.

Staley did it in style, too, showing up to the national title game in a lime-green Louis Vuitton varsity jacket — valued at $4,850, according to Louis Vuitton’s website — and a pair of sleek black Louis V boots, which retail at $1,170.

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Staley dazzled on the sidelines, not only showing off her considerable tactical acumen, but her impeccable sense of style, too.

In a wave of beige suits and dreary quarter-zips, Staley’s fashion sense stands out. She has an eye for the extravagant, known for blending luxury brands with interesting patterns and designs to create unique outfits. It’s one of her defining traits, according to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic.

There was the black Burberry hoodie she rocked when the Gamecocks beat Stanford last December. Or her penchant for a black leather jacket, such as the one she wore when South Carolina thrashed Ole Miss, 88-62, back in 2018.

And don’t get us started on her flashy kick game, replete with colorful Nike SB Dunks, Jordans and even garnet-red clogs brandished with camel-brown fur, as The Post and Courier’s David Cloninger explored back in 2019.

Style meets substance with Staley, an endearing figure who inspires confidence in players and fans alike. She’s the flagbearer for Black women in basketball, a responsibility she takes head on, as she told Tyler Tynes of GQ last summer.

“It needs to be highlighted because when so many of our young, Black ladies are in this game, being the head coach is something that they wanna do and if you don’t see somebody in that position, it makes it hard,” Staley told GQ. “It’s saying that Black people can’t be successful in those places. So I’m gonna keep on keeping on.”

For Staley, that means winning her way, draped in the finest cloths as her squad frustrates opponents on both ends of the floor. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

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