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Coale Announces Staff Changes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN – Oklahoma head women's basketball coach Sherri Coale announced the departure of assistant coaches Pam DeCosta and Chad Thrailkill on Tuesday. DeCosta and Thrailkill indicated they will seek new opportunities away from basketball.

"I want to thank Pam and Chad for their dedicated service to our program. I have been honored to have them play a vital role in our program and they have both been an integral part in our sustained success over the last 23 years,” Coale said. “Pam helped lay the foundation for our run of 19 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances by recruiting a program-defining player like Stacey Dales. Chad has been a part of my basketball family for the past 21 seasons at Oklahoma and Norman High and his commitment to our team has helped countless student-athletes succeed in life as well as on the court.

“Again, I want to express my gratitude for their dedicated effort to our team during their time at OU and I'm truly grateful for their impact. We all wish them the best in their future endeavors."

DeCosta served as an assistant coach with the Sooners from 1996-98 and returned to Norman prior to the 2011-12 season.

"I want to thank Sherri Coale for giving me the opportunity to coach at the University of Oklahoma on two different occasions,” DeCosta said. “It has been an honor to see this program be built from the ground up and to have been a part of such a long period of sustained success. I’m grateful for having the chance to work with many great players during my time along with our staff and administration at OU. I look forward to seeking new opportunities outside the game of basketball and retiring from coaching.”

Thrailkill joined OU's staff during the 2002-03 season as the director of operations and was elevated to assistant coach before the 2004-05 season.

"I’ve enjoyed every moment of my 16 seasons at the University of Oklahoma," Thrailkill stated. “I’ve had the fortune to work with Sherri Coale for over 20 years and my family and I are thankful for the opportunity she has given me to be a part of the Sooner Family. I want to say thank you to all of our players, past and present, for their commitment to our program.”

A search will begin immediately to fill both positions.

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