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OU Women’s Basketball Coach Sherri Coale Retires After 25 Years

Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale calls a play in an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Waco, Texas.
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Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale calls a play in an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Waco, Texas.

The University of Oklahoma’s women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale announced Wednesday she is retiring after 25 years in the position. Coale is credited with revitalizing the OU women’s basketball program, leading the team to six Big 12 regular-season championships and three Final Four appearances.

 

During a press conference Wednesday, Coale said as a native Oklahoman, coaching the OU program was a dream of hers when she took the job in 1996. 

“I so wanted to build a place where Oklahoma kids could come and have a chance to win a championship, a place that would be adequately reflecting of this great institution and this amazing state,” Coale said. “And 25 years later, I still cannot believe the ride that Oklahoma women's basketball has taken me on.”

Coale said she is ready to explore new opportunities beyond coaching basketball. 

But Coale’s time at OU has not been free of controversy. Coale apologized in August after some Black former players posted on social media that Coale had made racially-insensitive comments during their time on the team. 

This summer, Coale will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. 

It has not yet been announced who will replace her.

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Katelyn discovered her love for radio as a student employee at KGOU, graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and then working as a reporter and producer in 2021-22. Katelyn has completed internships at SiriusXM in New York City and at local news organizations such as The Journal Record and The Poteau Daily News. Katelyn served as president of the OU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists from 2017 to 2020. She grew up in Midland, Texas.
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