Making an impact through more than hoops

Coale strives for success off the court, too

“I want it to be my legacy at OU that we produced people who made a difference in the world. It’s not just about champions, or only about how we played the game.”

Sherri Coale may be most well known for her basketball success (click here for more on that), but her focus on academics and service also have made a significant impact.

Through the Sooner Big Sis Program, OU players volunteer their time as mentors and teacher’s aides to local elementary schools.

They also have been involved with the Children’s Miracle Network, Habitat for Humanity, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, the J.D. McCarthy Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities in Norman, the Norman Women’s Resource Center and Battered Women’s Shelter, Special Olympics and United Way’s “Meals on Wheels” and the Race for the Cure.

As a student-athlete at Oklahoma Christian, Sherri was an Academic All-American and graduated summa cum laude. As a coach, she helps guide her OU teams to a combined GPA of 3.0 or better virtually every year.

Four of her teams have been named to the Top 25 WBCA Academic Team Honor Roll. Three of her players have earned Academic All-America honors (recognizing a combination of athletic and academic excellence); her players also have a combined 70 all-conference honors during her tenure.

Sherri and her family are active members at Westside Church of Christ in Norman, where her husband Dane (87) serves as a deacon. Her Christian faith motivates her to a much higher purpose than producing great basketball teams.

“I want it to be my legacy at OU that we produced people who made a difference in the world,” Sherri told Oklahoma magazine. “It’s not just about champions, or only about how we played the game.”

By Wes McKinzie (98)