For Immediate Release: April 30, 2007
Sherri Coale and members of the OU women's basketball
team were honored
in the Senate Chamber on Monday.
Senate Honors Sherri Coale and Sooner
Women’s Basketball Team
The state Senate on Monday honored the accomplishments
of the University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball team
and head coach Sherri Coale, passing a resolution commending
the team on another championship season.
Sen. John Sparks authored Senate Resolution 34
to recognize Coale and the Sooner women, who in 2006-07 became
the first Big XII program to win back-to-back regular season
and post-season conference championships.
“Sherri Coale has lifted the OU women’s
basketball program to a position of prominence, both on the
court and off,” said Sparks, D-Norman. “Conference
championships and NCAA tournament success have become commonplace
under her leadership. More importantly, the women’s basketball
team has consistently produced some of the highest grade point
averages within the athletic department.”
Formerly the head coach at Norman High School,
Coale was named head coach of the University of Oklahoma women’s
basketball team in 1996. Coale’s leadership produced immediate
results and the struggling program was quickly re-established
as one of the perennial favorites in NCAA women’s basketball.
Coale’s teams have earned a grade point
average of 3.0 or better during every semester she has served
as head coach. Four of her teams have been named to the Women’s
Basketball Academic Team Honor Roll and 31 of her players have
earned Academic All-Big 12 honors.
“Coach Coale has distinguished herself as
more than just a basketball coach,” Sparks said. “She’s
a master motivator, a role model and a true Oklahoma success
Coale currently serves as President of the Women’s
Basketball Coaches Association, is a member of the USA Basketball
Women’s Collegiate Committee and was recently inducted
into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.
For more information contact:
Senator Sparks' Office: (405) 521-5553