March 29, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- After helping the University of Oklahoma to its most successful era of women's basketball, assistant coach Stacy Hansmeyer has stepped down from her position to seek further opportunities, OU head coach Sherri Coale announced Tuesday.
"I have had a remarkable 10 years with the University of Oklahoma, and even longer relationship with Coach Coale," Hansmeyer said, "but I feel that the time is right to take the next leap forward in my career."
Hansmeyer leaves Oklahoma with a decorated résumé, having played or coached in five NCAA Final Fours.
Hansmeyer was hired at OU beginning with the 2001-02 season and contributed immediately to its decade of unparalleled accomplishments. The Sooners won Big 12 regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the program's first Final Four in her initial year, appearing in the national championship against her alma mater, Connecticut.
Hansmeyer was also instrumental in the recruitment and development of California natives Ashley and Courtney Paris, who spurred OU's Final Four run in 2009. Courtney Paris became the 2007 AP National Player of the Year and the first-ever four-time AP All-American, ending her career as the first player in college basketball history of any gender or division to total 2,500 points and 2,000 rebounds in a career.
In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year in 2010, Oklahoma became the first women's basketball team in the state's history to appear in the Final Four in consecutive seasons and concluded the schedule ranked third in the nation.
"Stacy has had an incredible basketball career as a player and a coach. I expect that the success that has followed her since I was her coach at Norman High will continue at her next stop.
"She has an energy and excitement that has is refreshing for myself, our players and staff alike and we all wish her the best. It has been a joy to be her coach, mentor and friend."
An All-American under Coale at Norman High School, Hansmeyer captured a state title and 27-1 record in her senior season and was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 2002.
Hansmeyer played at Connecticut under Geno Auriemma, winning a national championship in 2000. Following one season as a graduate assistant at UConn, Hansmeyer was hired at Oklahoma.