Sherri Coale, who led Oklahoma to 19 NCAA tournament appearances and had a 512-293 record with the Sooners, has announced her retirement.
thought it deserved its own thread rather than being buried in another.
Thanks for posting this. I am awed by her composure and her choice of words and her sincerity. And yes, her hair is pretty awesome, too!I'm surprised but not shocked. I thought with OU ending the season on a high note, maybe Sherri Coale gets another year. It's undeniable that the OU WBB program has been trending downward for several years. There's been a lot of pressure from their fanbase with higher expectations, plus the controversy last year didn't help. I guess she chose the high road by retiring (another way to say "part ways") instead of getting fired.
Sheri Coale has been one of my favorite coaches and a dear friend of Coach Fen's. She left OU with tremendous accomplishments and a great legacy. It's sad to see her retire at such young age. I'm gonna miss her coaching from the sidelines. Maybe ESPN can hire her to be a TV commentator.
It'd be interesting to see who OU hires as the next head coach. I think they should give Jackie Stiles a serious consideration.
Here's the video of the entire press conference.
Here's the video of Coach Coale's speech.
I am guessing, since she is only 56 and younger than half the other Big 12 coaches, that she is not voluntarily retiring and is being pushed out. Guessing she might still want to coach but only at Oklahoma so this is dignified way for both parties to end her time at Oklahoma.I’m not sure she was pushed out. She’s got to be exhausted and tired of it all.