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Pam DeCosta is in her 11th season overall after returning to the University of Oklahoma as an assistant prior to the 2011-12 season. The move brought DeCosta back to the Sooners, where she had a two-year stint as an assistant on Sherri Coale’s first OU staff.
DeCosta returned to the Sooners after four seasons as head coach at San Jose State University. There, she led the Spartans to their first victory over a ranked opponent in nearly three decades and the program’s fifth Western Athletic Conference tournament victory in its history.
Since her return to Oklahoma, DeCosta has worked primarily with OU’s post players and served as the Sooners’ lead recruiter. She mentored Vionise Pierre-Louis to the 2016 Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Award.
Pierre-Louis was also a All-Big 12 First Team pick in 2018 and finished her career as just the second OU player to record 1,200 points, 800 rebounds and 200 blocks as a Sooner.
She also developed Kaylon Williams into a two-time All-Big 12 selection. Williams rank fourth nationally in field goal percentage in the 2014-15 season.
DeCosta was an assistant for Coale’s first two seasons at OU and was instrumental in building its championship foundation, having recruited some of the program’s most distinguished student-athletes, including two-time All-American and two-Big 12 Player of the Year Stacey Dales.
Between her stints at OU, DeCosta was an assistant at the University of Kansas for a total of eight seasons (1994-96 and 1999-2003). 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.