Dawn Staley expressed her support for South Carolina soccer coach Shane Beamer on Monday after he apologized for yelling at athletes to get off the field during a game on Saturday.
The Gamecock women’s basketball coach and former 5-time WNBA All-Star posted on twitter to say what a positive presence Beamer has been since joining the school in December 2020.
“We know you’ve done nothing but support our programs since the day you became the head coach of @GamecockFB!” she wrote. “All hands on deck to get a win on Saturday!”
During the Gamecocks’ home game against the Georgia Bulldogs, South Carolina invited its female athletes to the field between the first and second quarters to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Beamer was caught on video screaming towards the end zone where athletes were gathered to “get off the field”.
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He received a backlash for his behavior, which he said was a heated reaction as his team was heading for a fourth down conversion. He said in his apology that he was unaware of the tribute to the athletes.
“I hope people know me well enough to know that I am an advocate for women’s sports,” Beamer said. “I have two daughters who play sports. I’m in as many women’s sporting events as possible here in Carolina, because I believe in them and support them. Anyone who thinks otherwise certainly doesn’t know me.”
Staley won the women’s basketball championship in April, the program’s second title. She became the first black coach – male or female – to win multiple championships in NCAA Division I history.