Sherri Coale

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Sherri Coale
Sherri Coale.JPG
Sport(s) Women's basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Oklahoma
Record 423-207 (.671)
Biographical details
Born (1965-01-19) January 19, 1965 (age 50)
Healdton, Oklahoma
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1997–current Oklahoma
Head coaching record
Overall 423-207 (.671)
Accomplishments and honors
Big 12 regular season championships (2001, 2002)
Big 12 Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007)

Sherri Kay Coale (born January 19, 1965)[1] is the current head coach of the University of Oklahoma Sooners women's basketball team.


Coale grew up in Healdton, Oklahoma and married Dane Scott Coale (born 1964) on June 20, 1987. The couple has two children, son Colton (born 1992) and daughter, Chandler (born 1996). Coale has one brother, Jack. Their parents are Beverly Stash and Joe Buben.

Sherri completed her undergraduate studies at Oklahoma Christian College in Oklahoma City, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1987. There she played on the school's Lady Eagles basketball team as a guard.

Coale was inducted into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame in 2007.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Sherri Coale accepted her current position in 1996. She went directly from a high school squad (having coached the previous 6 years at the local Norman High School)[3] to an NCAA Division I team. She took over a team in turmoil at Oklahoma and brought it into the national spotlight in 2002 when her team went to the National Championship game.[4]

In 2005–2006 Coale's Sooners went 16–0 in Big 12 play and became the second Big 12 basketball team, men's or women's, to go undefeated in conference play. The University of Kansas men's basketball team went undefeated in Big 12 play in the 2001–2002 season. In 2008 the Sooners finished tied with two other teams for 3rd in the Big 12 Conference and were knocked out by Missouri in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament.

USA Basketball[edit]

Coale was named as assistant coach of the USA team which would compete at the Junior World Championship in Brno, Czech Republic during July 2001. The team won their first five games, including a record setting win against Mali. The 97–27 final score represented the largest margin of victory by a USA team in Junior World Championship history. The preliminary round results qualified the team for the medal rounds, where they faced the host team, the Czech Republic. With a home crowd cheering them on, the Czech team held a nine-point lead with just over six minutes to go. The USA team cut the lead down to three points with seconds to go, and good defense gave the ball back to the USA. However,the USA was called for an offensive foul, and lost possession. The Czech Republic team won 92–88, and went on to beat Russia 82–80 to win the gold medal. The USA team beat Czech Republic 77–72 to won the bronze medal. Diana Taurasi was the leading scorer for the USA with 19.3 points per game, while Alana Beard was close behind with 18.0 points per game. Nicole Powell was the leading rebounder for the USA, with seven rebounds per game.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Oklahoma (Big 12) (1996–Present)
1996–97 Oklahoma 5–22 1–15 12th
1997–98 Oklahoma 8–19 2–12 T-9th
1998–99 Oklahoma 15–14 8–8 T-5th WNIT 2nd Round
1999–00 Oklahoma 25–8 13–3 T-1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2000–01 Oklahoma 28–6 15–1 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2001–02 Oklahoma 32–4 14–2 1st NCAA Runner Up
2002–03 Oklahoma 19–13 9–7 T-5th NCAA 1st Round
2003–04 Oklahoma 24–9 9–7 6th NCAA 2nd Round
2004–05 Oklahoma 17–13 8–8 T-6th NCAA 1st Round
2005–06 Oklahoma 31–5 16–0 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2006–07 Oklahoma 28–5 13–3 T-1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2007–08 Oklahoma 22–9 11–5 T-3rd NCAA 2nd Round
2008–09 Oklahoma 32–5 15–1 1st NCAA Final Four
2009–10 Oklahoma 27–11 11–5 T-2nd NCAA Final Four
2010–11 Oklahoma 23-12 10–6 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2011–12 Oklahoma 21-13 11-7 T-2nd NCAA 2nd round
2012–13 Oklahoma 24-11 11-8 T-3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2013–14 Oklahoma 18-15 9-9 T-5th NCAA 1st round
2014–15 Oklahoma 21-12 13-5 2nd NCAA 2nd round
2015–16 Oklahoma 3-1
Oklahoma: 423-207 (.671) 199-112 (.640)
Total: 423-207 (.671)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 26 Sep 2015. 
  2. ^ Nykolaiszyn, Juliana (August 29, 2007). "Oral history interview with Sherri Coale". Inductees of the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame Oral History Project. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Emig, Geurin. "OU basketball coach Sherri Coale honored to be Iba Awards keynote speaker". Tulsa World. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sherri Coale School Bio". The University of Oklahoma. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 

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Preceded by
Burl Plunkett
Oklahoma Women's Basketball Head Coach
Succeeded by