April 21, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- Pam DeCosta, most recently head coach at San Jose State, has returned to the University of Oklahoma as an assistant women’s basketball coach, Sherri Coale announced Thursday.
DeCosta returns to Oklahoma after four seasons at SJSU. There, she led the Spartans to their first victory over a ranked opponent in nearly three decades and the fifth Western Athletic Conference tournament victory in their history.
"We are so excited to welcome Pam back to our program," Coale said. "She played an instrumental role in the creation of our foundation 15 years ago, so her heart is uniquely engaged in our mission.
"Pam is a passionate teacher and an indefatigable learner. During her last eight years as a head coach, she has worked extremely hard to expand her knowledge of the game, as well as her network of influence. Her unique set of experiences and wide range of exposure makes her a valuable commodity on the court with our team and in gyms, schools, and homes across the country with recruiting."
DeCosta was an assistant at OU during Coale’s first two seasons and was significant in constructing its championship tradition, having recruited some of the program’s most distinguished student-athletes, including two-time All-American Stacey Dales.
"I’m excited to be part of the Sooner family once again, at a school and with a community that has such great support for women’s basketball," DeCosta said. "It’s been enjoyable to watch Sherri build this into an elite program and I am looking forward to doing whatever she needs to keep it growing."
DeCosta was an assistant at the University of Kansas for a total of eight seasons (1994-96 and 1999-2003) with a stint at OU between. During her time at KU, the Jayhawks won a Big Eight Championship and made five NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 1996.
Prior to coaching the Spartans, DeCosta was the head coach at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., taking a team that won five games in her first season to double-digit wins each of the next three years.
A 1986 NAIA All-American from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo., DeCosta was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 2007.