Coach. Teacher. Program Builder. Champion. Hall of Famer. There's many ways to describe the impact Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale has had on her student-athletes as well as the national landscape of women's basketball in her 20 years with the Sooners. We asked coaches from around the country to talk about her success during her Hall of Fame career.
Kansas Men's basketball Coach Bill Self
“Sherri has come through the basketball ranks at every level. She was good player in college at Oklahoma Christian. She had great success as a coach at the high school level in Norman and then took a big jump to OU. She has been as a consistent as a coach that the women’s game has seen in the 20 or so years she has been at the University of Oklahoma. She’s had success at a level that OU has never seen and is an inspiration to a lot of young coaches nationally that have a lot of the same dreams and desires, that it can be done. She has been a great role model for the youth in the state of Oklahoma. She’s a terrific coach and gets the most out of her players. Her players enjoy playing for her and she does it the right way. She is very well respected in our profession in both the men’s and women’s game.”
depaul HEAD coach Doug Bruno
“Sherri Coale is so much more than just a Hall of Fame coach. Sherri GETS THE BIG PICTURE -- always has and always will. Sherri is ultra-competitive, game winning Hall of Fame credentials come fully packaged in total care and concern for her players goes above and beyond hoops. She epitomizes being a team player within her Oklahoma program and nationally within the coaching community, and most importantly understanding service to others. Sherri Coale enters the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame already enshrined as a consummate leader in the world of basketball coaches.”
iowa state HEAD coach Bill Fennelly
“All of us associated with Iowa State women’s basketball want to congratulate Coach Coale on being inducted into the WBHOF. I am truly honored to not only call Coach a colleague but a true friend. In my mind, she is a Hall of Fame coach but more importantly a Hall of Fame person. Coach Coale is truly a natural resource from the state of Oklahoma and what she has done for Sooner women’s basketball and the entire state has been one of the greatest success stories in all of sports. Her teams play with great passion and have enjoyed amazing success but her impact on our sport and so many young people have been her true legacy. The WBHOF is the greatest honor you can receive in our sport and Coach Coale certainly deserves to be with this elite group. Congratulations!”
Head Football Coach Bob Stoops
“The impact Sherri Coale has made at the University Oklahoma is immeasurable. Her success is due to countless hours of hard work, and her passion for seeing student-athletes succeed has had an incredible effect on many. She constantly gets the best out of her players and is a great role model for coaches across the country. I’ve valued our friendship for many years and she is extremely deserving of this honor.”
tennessee men's basketball coach Rick Barnes
“First and foremost, Coach Coale is a wonderful person and someone I’ve really admired as a coach. She’s certainly more than deserving of this honor. She consistently finds a way to get the most out of her teams every year, and she’s built Oklahoma into just a model program. I’ve valued her opinion and friendship over the years as I’ve gotten to know her. She stands for all the things that the coaching profession should stand for.”
Former Texas Head Coach Jody Conradt
“Sherri epitomizes class, expertise and ability that one should strive for. She probably has one of the most unique journeys with University of Oklahoma. I don’t think anyone has ever stepped into that situation before and succeeded the way she has. She was the right person at the right time. The success she’s had, you have to amplify it with how she has built the program."
Former Texas Tech Head Coach Marsha Sharp
“There hasn’t been a better coaching ever done in America to turn a program around than what Sherri did at OU. She brought special passion and energy to the program. Just a few years before they almost canceled the program and the way she rebuilt the program amazing. Now it’s one of the most respected programs in the country and her vision and passion for the game has not only done great things for women’s basketball and but as well as the University of Oklahoma."