Sherri Coale is one of the top collegiate coaches in the nation for women's college basketball, after playing on the Oklahoma Christian University's team.
In her tenth 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. During her tenure, the Norman Tigers amassed a record of 147-40, 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 three regular season Big XII titles, two Big XII tournament titles and made six straight appearances in the NCAA tournament. Coach Coale’s greatest accomplishment came during the 2001-2002 season, when Oklahoma became the first Big XII Conference team to advance to the NCAA Final Four, appearing in the National Championship game.
Sherri Coale has been recognized nationally for her achievements by serving as an assistant coach on the 2001 USA Basketball Women’s Junior World Championship Team that won a bronze medal in Brno, Czech Republic, in July 2001. Coale also received accolades by being named ESPN “The Dish” Coach of the Year and Big XII Coach of the Year in 2002.
A popular request for interviews and public speaking, Coale’s wit and charm recently led her to co-host the 2004 NCAA Woman of the Year awards televised on ESPN.
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. Coale epitomizes the balance of career and family. She is not only a successful collegiate coach, but a loving wife and mother of two.