An epitome of women's empowerment, Dawn Staley has her groundbreaking achievements to speak about her unflinching career in the realm of basketball. But the same can not be said regarding her personal life — mostly her relationship status and stance on getting married.

The American basketball coach has always kept her personal life close to her heart, never speaking of her partners and letting fans question her sexuality. 

Dawn Staley and Lisa Boyer, Lesbians?

While Staley has never been vocal about her relationship status and her partner, she has let her fans speculate about her relationship and sexuality.

Many of her fans suspect she is a lesbian, thanks to her unapologetic, bold nature. And the speculation has been there for a long time. Back in 2014, a Twitterati named Zaria wrote, "I think Dawn Staley is gay."

Then in March 2021, another Twitter user presumed her to be lesbian, albeit clarifying that she didn't know her actual sexuality. She tweeted, "Dawn Staley a diff type of old fine.. gay self.. ion even know if she gay, but she looks like it."

Interestingly, the lesbian assumptions didn't spur out of nowhere. Staley has been long linked to South Carolina’s supporting basketball coach, Lisa Boyer.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist added fuel to the dating rumors by referring to herself and Boyer as a married couple in a now-deleted tweet. She even thanked Boyer for sacrificing her career and supporting her dreams.

Dawn Staley appreciates her partner, Lisa Boyer's support.

Dawn Staley appreciated her partner, Lisa Boyer's support through a tweet on 7 May 2018 (Photo: Dawn Staley's Twitter)

Besides the tweet, there is no other evidence to prove that Staley is married to Lisa Boyer. Neither of them has confirmed their relationship nor referred to each other as partners.

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Her Parents' Death

Staley was born to father Clarence Staley and mother Estelle Staley on May 4, 1970.

Her parents moved to South Carolina from North Philadelphia in the 1950s during their teenage and married. They welcomed five kids in their family: three boys and two girls: Lawrence Staley, Anthony Staley, Eric Staley, Tracey Staley Underwood, and Dawn Staley;

Sadly, Staley, the youngest of her siblings, lost her father in 2006 because of an illness. At the time, her mother, who made her focus on her education while playing basketball, had already had Alzheimer's.

To look after her mother, Staley moved to South Carolina. After thriving for years, her mother passed away at 74 in August 2017. 


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Pleaded Help for Sister's Cancer

Staley asked for good wishes from her fans for her sister's early recovery from leukemia in May 2020. 

The head coach of the University of South Carolina tweeted that her older sister, Tracey Staley Underwood, had been diagnosed with leukemia, a type of blood cancer. She then requested her supporters to send cards and letters directed to Tracey to lift her spirits. 

After the plea, her sister recovered with the help of five chemotherapies and a bone marrow transplant in August 2020. Their brother, Lawrence, donated the needed stem cells as a 10/10 match for the donation. 

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