Stacey Dales has announced on the Chicago Sky website that she is retiring from the WNBA (Woman’s National Basketball Association) to focus on her broadcasting career. A biography, photos and video are included below.
On April 5, 2008, Stacey Dales has announced she will be retiring from the WNBA. She has played two seasons with the Chicago Sky and three seasons with the Washington Mystics. She retired once before only to agree to return the following season.
Sky fans: I’m incredibly grateful for my opportunity with the Chicago Sky. Not only was I surrounded by quality peers, but I was associated with the best of management. Margaret Stender, Michael Alter, and the entire Sky staff care about their athletes and they are willing to work for what is right. I’m also thankful to the fans of Chicago–not only did they support our developing franchise, but they have remained loyal throughout. I am confident that the Chicago Sky is moving in a direction that will provide great reward and ultimate success. With sincere thanks, Stacey
Dales is retiring from basketball in order to focus on her broadcasting career. She was named ‘Rookie Analyst of the Year’ by USA Today’s television columnist Rudy Martzke her first year as an ESPN studio analysts for NCAAW basketball and as a sideline reporter for the NBA, NCAA basketball and NCAA football. In 2004, she was named as ‘Best New Face’. Her plans are to continue her work with ESPN.
Stacey Dales was born in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada on September 5, 1979. She was raised in Brockville, Ontario, Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. In 2002 she led her team there to the NCAA Women’s Division I basketball championship game but was defeated there by the University of Connecticut.
The 6′, 155 pound forward has been a star in the world of basketball on and off the court. Dales represented Canada at the 1999 Pan American Games, the 2000 Summer Olympics, the 2001 FIBA Americas World Championship Qualification Tournament and the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifications Tournament.
Dales had a brief marriage to her college sweetheart and during that period was known by her married name, Stacey Dales-Schuman. After she ended the marriage she went back to her maiden name, Stacey Dales.