College - Georgia
Five-time Olympian Teresa Edwards is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Dream. Edwards, who was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, has a coaching resume that includes a stint with the Tulsa Shock in 2011 when she was promoted from assistant coach to interim head coach for the final 23 games of the season, and one season (2007) as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Lynx. She also served as the Shock’s Director of Player Personnel in 2011 and has most recently been serving as a speaker and sport clinician for Dream Faith Productions.
But Edwards is best known for her accomplishments on the court, as she is widely considered one of the greatest female athletes of all-time. In fact, Sports Illustrated named her the No. 22 greatest female athlete – and No. 2 basketball player – of the 20th century.
Edwards is the most decorated Olympic basketball player ever, having won four gold medals and one bronze. A four-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year, she became the youngest Olympic women’s basketball gold medalist in 1984 after her sophomore season at Georgia, and in her final Olympics in 2000, became the oldest player to win a gold medal in women’s basketball. USA Basketball teams with her on the roster compiled an overall record of 205-14, for a 93.6 winning percentage.
Edwards enjoyed a successful professional career, playing for teams in Italy, Japan, Spain, France and Russia before occupying a formative role in the advent of professional leagues in the U.S. Edwards was a member of the ABL’s board of directors and served as a player/coach for the Atlanta Glory. She wrapped up her playing career with the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx in 2003 and 2004, and in 2004, received the WNBA’s Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award.
In 2011, Edwards was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, which is just one of eight Halls of Fame to include her. She was a member of the inaugural class for UGA’s all-sports Circle of Honor in 1995, was inducted into the State of Georgia’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, the Grady County (Ga.) Sports Hall of Game in 2009, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2013.
Edwards was a two-time All-American at Georgia, finishing her collegiate career with 1,989 points, 653 assists and 342 steals. She led Georgia to its first Final Four in 1983 and a national runner-up finish in 1985. Georgia compiled a 116-17 record during her four seasons in Athens and won three Southeastern Conference titles. In 2011, Edwards received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, which annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers.
Edwards was a four-year starter at Cairo High School, and in her junior and senior years, the Syrupmaids were 58–3. She scored 1,982 points in her high school career, and was honored as the Georgia High School Player of the Year in 1982.