NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma women's basketball team was honored by the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate on Monday afternoon.
The entire 2006-07 team was on hand for the recognition with the exception of Leah Rush and Chelsi Welch. Both players missed due to training camp duties with their respective WNBA teams.
Below is a copy of the resolution honoring OU women's basketball head coach Sherri Coale; congratulating the team; and directing distribution.
WHEREAS, Sherri Coale was born January 19, 1965, and grew up in Healdton, Oklahoma, where she graduated from Healdton High School. She attended what was then Oklahoma Christian College where she played basketball and was a guard and team captain of their three-time Sooner Athletic Conference Championship teams. She was also an academic All-American and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Education degree. Sherri Coale later earned a Master’s in Education from the University of Oklahoma; and
WHEREAS, Sherri Coale began her coaching career as an Assistant Coach at Edmond Memorial High School but was quickly selected as Head Coach of Norman High School. During her tenure, Norman High School won its first two state titles (1993 and 1996) and won the Academic State Championship (1992-1993). Sherri Coale was selected All-State, Regional, and Big All-City Coach of the Year in 1993. Her overall record at Norman High School was 147-40 (.786) as she advanced six teams to the regional championships; her teams won six Mid-State Conference championships; and they appeared in three area and four state tournaments; and
WHEREAS, Sherri Coale has been Head Coach of the University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball team since 1996. Since then, more than a million fans have watched an OU women’s basketball game. Under her guidance, her teams were the 2006 Big 12 Conference regular season and tournament champions, and in 2002 played in both the Final Four and National Championship game. In the 2005-2006 season, her Sooners had a 19-0 record in the Big 12 Conference regular season and Big 12 Conference Tournament, becoming the first Big 12 women’s basketball team to go undefeated in conference play; and
WHEREAS, the University of Oklahoma Sooners women’s basketball team was the first program in the Big 12 to win back-to-back regular season and postseason conference championships in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons. The current team finished its season with a 28-5 record, ranked ninth in the nation, won the Big 12 regular season championship, and appeared in the Sweet 16; and
WHEREAS, Sherri Coale’s teams have consistently produced some of the highest grade point averages within the University of Oklahoma Athletic Department. Her teams have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or better during every semester she has served as Head Coach. Four of her teams (1999, 2001, 2002, and 2003) have been named to the top 25 WBCA Academic Team Honor Roll, while 31 of her players have earned Academic All-Big 12 honors 63 times; and
WHEREAS, Sherri Coale has guided her teams towards public service and community involvement as the University of Oklahoma women’s basketball teams have participated in The First Lady’s Build, Kid’s Kitchen Reading Club, Sooner Big Sis program for Norman elementary schools, City Sights tour, Children’s Miracle Network and the Special Olympics, as well as volunteering for the Norman Women’s Resource Center and Battered Women’s Shelter and Meals on Wheels; and
WHEREAS, Sherri Coale is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association, Oklahoma Coaches Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Norman Optimists, National Education Association, Oklahoma Education Association, and Professional Educators of Norman; and
WHEREAS, Sherri Coale has been honored by having her hometown of Healdton, Oklahoma, declare August 26, 2001, “Sherri Coale Day”; Sherri Coale was an Assistant Coach on the 2001 USA Basketball Women’s Junior World Championship Team that won a bronze medal; she was an NCAA appointee to the USA Basketball Women’s Collegiate Committee; she currently serves as President of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association; she was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2000, 2001 and 2006; and she was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame; and
WHEREAS, Sherri Coale demonstrates a strong work ethic and commitment that is geared towards maximizing the potential of her players. She is seen as a winner, master motivator, and role model; and
WHEREAS, Sherri Coale is married to Dane Scott Coale, and the couple has two children, son Colton and daughter Chandler.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE 1ST SESSION OF THE 51ST OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE: THAT the Oklahoma State Senate honors the University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball Head Coach Sherri Coale for her academic, athletic, organizational, and community accomplishments, as well as her commitment to family life.
THAT the Oklahoma State Senate congratulates the 2006-2007 University of Oklahoma Sooners women’s basketball team for their outstanding performance and welcomes them to the Oklahoma State Capitol.
THAT a copy of this resolution be distributed to the University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball Head Coach Sherri Coale.