Chad Thrailkill is in his 12th season as an assistant coach after serving as director of basketball operations for two years. The former high school head coach was hired as an assistant prior to the 2004-05 season.
Thrailkill's duties with the Sooners include working with the Sooner guards and assisting with the recruiting efforts, opponent scouting, practice planning and facility scheduling. In charge of the team's defensive schemes, Thrailkill also concentrates on implementing the team's defensive philosophy.
Prior to joining the Sooners, Thrailkill served as head coach for the Norman North High School boys' basketball program. Thrailkill was named Mid-State Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the boys' team to the 2002 regional title. In 2001, he coached NNHS to the school's first state playoff appearance.
Thrailkill is extremely familiar with Coale's style of play as he served as an assistant to her at Norman High. The two produced a three-year record of 76-7 (.916 winning percentage), coached two teams to the state playoffs (1994, 1996) and produced one state championship title (1996).
Together, Coale and Thrailkill have produced a combined record of 323-106 (.753), including a 243-99 (.711) record at OU, when they team together on the same coaching staff.
Thrailkill also served a four-year stint as head girls' basketball coach at Westmoore High School from 1996 to 2000, where he coached former Sooner Erin Higgins for two years. His 2000 squad finished second in the state with an overall record of 25-3, while the 1999 team won the state crown with a 25-4 mark.
For his coaching performance, he was named the region, Mid-State Conference and Big All-City Coach of the Year. He was also invited to serve as an assistant coach for the Jim Thorpe All-Star Games that summer.
As an athlete, Thrailkill accepted a basketball scholarship to Lenoir-Rhyne (Hickory, N.C.). After one season, he transferred to Southern Nazarene (Bethany) where he was a three-year letterwinner. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education from SNU in 1993.
He and his wife, April, have a 16-year-old daughter, Shelby; two sons, Brayden, 13, and Hudson, 10, and an 8-year-old daughter, Sadie.
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 20, 2013