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Oklahoma Basketball Hot Links: Sherri Coale announces retirement

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Coale brought the OU women’s program from the brink of elimination to national prominence.

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On Wednesday morning, Oklahoma Sooners women’s basketball head coach Sherri Coale officially announced her retirement after 25 seasons at OU.

Among the accomplishments and accolades Coale has garnered over her largely successful reign at Oklahoma include an induction into Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, four Big 12 Coach of the Year awards, 10 total Big 12 titles (six regular season, four tournament), 20 postseason runs and three Final Four appearances. She’s wrapping up her coaching resume with an overall lifetime win/loss mark of 513-294 (.636) and a 253-167 (.601) record in conference play.

Before stepping into her role as the OU women’s head b-ball coach, Coale, a Healdton, Oklahoma native, first cut her teeth at the high school level with the girls’ teams at Edmond Memorial and Norman High.

The official search for the Sooners’ next head coach now begins for AD Joe Castiglione and company. For the last handful of years, the women’s college basketball program has been in a bit of a decline, so the next hire will undoubtedly be someone who expresses a plan for restoring this group to its former glory — a glory that Sherri Coale originally built from the ground up.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! Baseball topples the top-ranked team, T-Will gets PAID, and more!

OU Links

  • The Oklahoma baseball team (9-7) seems to be finding its stride after a major 8-5 road win over No. 1 ranked Arkansas. Redshirt senior pitcher Jason Ruffcorn came up clutch in the final inning to seal the deal for the Sooners.
  • Brendan Radley-Hiles is officially joining the Washington Huskies as a graduate transfer. UW head coach Jimmy Lake is one of the brightest defensive minds in the game today, so it’ll be interesting to see how he utilizes ‘Bookie’ in his scheme. Good luck, 44!

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