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Dawn Staley gets four-year contract extension as South Carolina coach

South Carolina has rewarded Dawn Staley for her run to the program's first national title by giving the Gamecocks coach a contract extension.

Staley's new deal runs through 2024-25, adds four years to her existing contract and makes her the highest-paid women's basketball coach in the SEC. She will make $1.45 million next season.

South Carolina also gave a one-year extension to men's basketball coach Frank Martin after a Final Four appearance.

"Not only did Frank Martin and Dawn Staley lead their teams to record-setting seasons, but through their leadership, teaching and development of student-athletes, they have established highly successful all-around college basketball programs," athletic director Ray Tanner said in a statement

"I believe that through the core principle of growing the student-athlete experience, Frank and Dawn are set for continued success in their programs for years to come."

The South Carolina women have reached the Sweet 16 five of the past six seasons, including Final Four appearances in 2015 and 2017. The Gamecocks have won four straight SEC regular-season titles and three straight SEC tournaments.

"When I first came to Columbia, it was with one goal in mind -- to build a program that everyone involved could be proud of, both on and off the court. If measured by our record in the gym and the quality of character displayed by the young women who have worn the Gamecock jersey these last nine years, I believe we've done that," Staley said in a statement.

"And it wouldn't have happened without the commitment from the leadership of this great university, our incredible coaching staff and the support of our amazing fans."

South Carolina will look to replace WNBA first-round picks Alaina Coates, Allisha Gray and Kaela Davis for next season's national title defense.