Sherri Coale was born January 19, 1965 in Healdton, Oklahoma. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University in 1987, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Coale started out coaching women’s basketball at Edmond Memorial High School where she served for two years as assistant coach. From 1990 to 1996 she was the head coach for the Norman High School’s girls’ team where her teams had compiled a 147-40 record and had won two Class 6A Championships. She started coaching the University of Oklahoma’s women’s basketball team in April 1996 and has turned the once-failing program around. Her team went 16-0 in Big 12 play in the 2005-2006 season. The OU women’s basketball team has continuously been doing the best in OU and Big 12 history under her coaching.
Coale was elected Vice President of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in 2006. She was awarded the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2000, 2001, and 2006 and ESPN.com “The Dish” awarded her Coach of the Year in 2000. While coaching at Norman High School she was named All-Region Coach of the Year, All-State Coach of the Year, and All-City High School Coach of the Year. She is a member of the USA Basketball Competition Committee and served as assistant coach of the U.S. Jr. National Team. Coale has coached numerous players that have gone on to achieve great things. In 2007 she was inducted in the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.
Coale is married to Dane Coale. They have two children, Colton and Chandler.
(Bio current as of 2008)