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Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale.

Oklahoma Basketball Coach Requires Essay After Each Game

April 08, 2009 12:32 PM
by Kate Davey
Oklahoma University women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale has her players write a paper after each game analyzing what they experienced on the court.

Coach and Teacher Rolled into One

Although the Oklahoma Sooners women’s basketball team lost in the Final Four to the University of Louisville 61-59, at least they will have an essay to remember the game by. Head coach Sherri Coale asks that all her players write an essay after each game to explain what they learned. 

Coale told the Washington Post that it helps her players learn analysis and teaches her what they were thinking.

Her interest in her student’s ability to learn off and on the court comes from her experience as a former English teacher at Norman High School. She also coached girls’ basketball, which is how she met University of Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, who was scouting one of her players.

Auriemma asked Coale if she knew how good she was at coaching; Coale replied, “Shut up. You want Stacy Hansmeyer to be on your team. I know how this game is played.”

But Auriemma responded that he was serious; Coale says that his comment stayed with her and gave her confidence. When Coale applied for the position of head coach at Okalahoma University, Auriemma sent a letter of recommendation. Auriemma’s team, the UConn Huskies, defeated the University of Louisville on Tuesday night for the NCAA Championship.

Related Topic: Noteworthy coach Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll, the head football coach for the University of Southern California, is also known for being inspiring off and on the field.

In addition to having the highest winning percentage of any active coach in Division 1 football, Carroll works with gang members to end gang violence in Los Angeles.

He has donated and raised money so that 50 gang members can go to conflict resolution and first aid classes. The hope is that they will be able to bring what they have learned back to their neighborhoods and help stop the violence there.

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