In her twenty-third season as head coach of the University of Oklahoma women’s basketball team, Sherri Coale is considered one of the top collegiate coaches in the nation. A native of Healdton, Oklahoma, Coale spent her collegiate career playing for Oklahoma Christian University’s basketball team where she was an Academic All-American and graduated summa cum laude.
She began her head coaching career at Norman High School in Oklahoma amassing a 147-40 record, including two state championships. After seven years and amazing success at the high school level, Coach Coale accepted the top coaching position at Oklahoma in 1996.
Sherri Coale turned a struggling program into a national title contender in a short period of time. Since 1996, the Sooners have won 6 regular season Big 12 titles, 4 Big 12 tournament titles, made 19 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament where her teams advanced to the Sweet Sixteen or beyond 9 times and played in 3 NCAA Final Fours.
Sherri Coale has also been recognized locally and nationally for her achievements. Coale was recently the recipient of the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award in the coaching category for her commitment to community involvement, the 2011 Abe Lemons/Paul Hansen Award for Sports Excellence and the 2012 World Neighbors/KFOR Dignity Award.
Sherri Coale was selected to serve as the head coach for Team USA at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. The Coale led team earned the Gold medal by defeating Russia on their home floor in the championship game. And in June of 2016, Sherri Coale was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Her goals have always been to maximize the potential of her players and team on and off the court by encouraging excellence in the classroom and service in the community.