Dec. 11, 2001
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma Head Women's Basketball Coach Sherri Coale and Assistant Coach Stacy Hansmeyer will be inducted into the Norman High School Sports Hall of Fame Friday, Dec. 14, at halftime of the Norman and Norman North basketball game.
"It is an honor to be inducted into the Norman High School Sports Hall of Fame," said Coale. "It makes it particularly special to be inducted along with Stacy. I have so many wonderful memories of my seven years at Norman High. It is a special school system and it was a privilege to be part of it."
Coach Coale served as an English teacher and head coach for the girls basketball program for seven years. She took a below average program and turned it into a state powerhouse in a short amount of time. Following her first season (1989-90), Coale never had a losing record and produced 20-plus wins her final four seasons, including a 53-2 record her last two years (1994-96). By the time she left for the University of Oklahoma in 1996, Coale had directed NHS to two Class 6A state championships and produced a seven-year record of 147-40.
Coale was honored as the regional, All-State and Big All-City High School Coach of the Year in 1993. Through the success of her high school teams, she had several players earn NCAA Division I basketball scholarships.
After leaving NHS, Coale became the eighth head women's basketball coach in Oklahoma history in 1996. The two-time Big 12 and WBCA District V Coach of the Year has led OU to back-to-back Big 12 titles and NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, a program first. She has also taken a 5-22 program (1996-97) and turned it into a nationally-ranked 28-6 program (2000-01) in five short seasons. OU has compiled an overall record of 53-14 and a 28-4 mark in conference play the past two years. The Sooners are currently ranked third in the nation with a perfect 9-0 record.
Hansmeyer was a part of two NHS state championship teams (1993, 1996), four teams that participated in the state tournament and four 23-plus win seasons. She also help produced a four- year record of 101-10 (.910 winning percentage). After averaging 17.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game her senior season (1995-1996), she was named to the USA Today honorable mention and Parade Magazine third team All-America teams. Following her successful prep career, she spent four amazing seasons as a member of the Univeristy of Connecticut's women's basketball program, a program that won the national title in 2000.
Last season, she served as a student assistant for UConn's Head Coach Geno Auriemma. She helped the Huskies advance to the NCAA Final Four for the second straight year, and produce an overall record of 32-3. As a player, she assisted the Huskies to an overall record of 132-10 (.930 winning percentage) and four NCAA Tournament appearances. She averaged 5.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game and finished her career ranked eighth in field goal percentage (54.5%) and tied for seventh for most career games played (134). The power forward played in all 17 NCAA Tournament games during her career.
"What an honor it is to be recognized by a school system that has produced so much talent in both academics and athletics," said Hansmeyer. "Norman High School will always hold a special place in my heart."