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Sherri Coale

Quick Facts

IntroAmerican basketball player-coach
A.K.A.Sherri Kay Coale
Is Athlete
Sports coach
Basketball player
Basketball coach
From United States of America
Type Sports
Birth 19 January 1965, Healdton, Carter County, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Age56 years


Sherri Kay Coale (born January 19, 1965) 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.

Coaching career

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) 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.

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

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 win 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.

Head coaching record

Oklahoma(Big 12)(1996–Present)
1998–99Oklahoma15–148–8T-5thWNIT 2nd Round
1999–00Oklahoma25–813–3T-1stNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2000–01Oklahoma28–615–11stNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2001–02Oklahoma32–414–21stNCAA Runner Up
2002–03Oklahoma19–139–7T-5thNCAA 1st Round
2003–04Oklahoma24–99–76thNCAA 2nd Round
2004–05Oklahoma17–138–8T-6thNCAA 1st Round
2005–06Oklahoma31–516–01stNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2006–07Oklahoma28–513–3T-1stNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2007–08Oklahoma22–911–5T-3rdNCAA 2nd Round
2008–09Oklahoma32–515–11stNCAA Final Four
2009–10Oklahoma27–1111–5T-2ndNCAA Final Four
2010–11Oklahoma23–1210–63rdNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2011–12Oklahoma21–1311–7T-2ndNCAA 2nd round
2012–13Oklahoma24–1111–8T-3rdNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2013–14Oklahoma18–159–9T-5thNCAA 1st round
2014–15Oklahoma21–1213–52ndNCAA 2nd round
2015–16Oklahoma22–1111–7T-4thNCAA 2nd Round
2016–17Oklahoma23-1013–53rdNCAA 2nd Round
Oklahoma:465–227 (.672)223–124 (.643)
Total:465–227 (.672)

      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