Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale retires after 25 seasons leading the Sooners

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Oklahoma Sooners women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale has announced her retirement on Wednesday morning. She led the program for the past 25 seasons.

The 56-year-old has been leading the program since the 1996-97 season until her retirement today. During her tenure, she guided the team to four conference tournament titles.

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“Being the head coach at the University of Oklahoma has been the privilege of my lifetime,” Coale said in a statement released by the university. “… I am grateful to my players for letting me coach them. That’s a gift I’ve never taken lightly and a joy unlike any other I have ever known. I want them to know that they’ve left pieces of themselves in me and I am better for it.”

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As the Sooners head coach, she guided the team to a 513-294 record at the school. This past season, she guided the team to a 12-12 mark.

In the past three seasons, the Sooners did not win more than 12 games. She had 32 wins during this time.

She missed the NCAA Tournament just six times during her tenure. She went to the WNIT during the 1998-99 season.

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The Sooners did not make the NCAA Tournament in 1996-97, 1997-98, 2018-19, 2019-20, and this past season.

“It’s never easy to leave no matter how great a thing you are running to, because something is always left behind. It’s hard to leave these players,” said Coale, a native of tiny Healdton, Oklahoma. “This seasoned bunch of gritty competitors who built their wings in the fiercest of winds clawed their way to the sacredness of team. This season will always be one tattooed on my heart. But that’s the trick about sports and the magnificent gift of team — it gets in you and it never goes away. Lucky, lucky, lucky me.”

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