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Episode 305: Sherrie Coale, Intention, and the Writing and Coaching Process
Episode 30531st January 2024 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Guest: Sherrie Coale, Retired College Coach, and Current Author, Speaker, and Consultant

In this week's coaching conversation, retired college coach, and current author, speaker, and consultant, Sherri Coale joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on intention, and the writing and coaching process.

Sherri Coale retired from her position as the head coach of the University of Oklahoma Sooners women’s basketball team in 2021 after serving for 25 years. Currently, she is a writer, speaker, and consultant. Coale’s book, Rooted to Rise, is a collection of essays about people, and her must-read blog titled A Weigh of Life is available at

Coale last appeared on EP28 of the Basketball Podcast. She served as the head coach of the University of Oklahoma Sooners women’s basketball team for 25 years, from 1996 to 2021. During her tenure, her teams won multiple Big 12 championships, qualified for 19 straight NCAA tournaments, and earned their way into three Final Fours. She had the privilege of coaching 4 All-Americans, 14 WNBA draft selections, and a whole bunch of remarkable women who rewarded her still with their lives.

In addition to working the Oklahoma sideline, Coale participated in USA Basketball as an assistant coach in 2001 and as the head coach in the 2013 World University Games where her squad defeated Russia on their home floor to bring home the gold.


1:00 - With Intention

5:00 - Inspiration to Write

8:00 - Trusting the Process

11:00 - Importance of Foundations

16:00 - Asking Coach

20:00 - Self Discovery

26:00 - Story Telling

27:08 - 28:20 - Hoopsalytics AD

28:30 - Getting Unstuck

33:00 - Human Interaction

38:00 - Being Beside Someone

44:00 - Asking Great Questions

49:30 - Retrieval Practice

52:00 - Conclusion

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