Sherri Coale Signing
Best of Books is proud to present Hall of Fame Women's Basketball Coach, Sherri Coale!
Sherri will be signing her book, "Rooted to Rise", on Tuesday, December 13th from 6-7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
About Sherri Coale:
Sherri Coale is a native Oklahoman. She grew up about thirty miles to the right side of the Red River in a small rural town where she fell in love with reading, writing, and basketball, not
necessarily in that order. In 1987 after a highly successful collegiate career at Oklahoma Christian, she hung up her high tops, moving from the court to the sideline as she began what
would become a Hall of Fame career as a Women’s Basketball Coach. For 25 years, Sherri Coale served as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma where she is the winningest women’s basketball coach in OU history. She built a powerhouse program in Norman that appeared in 19 straight NCAA tournaments and competed
in three Final Fours. Sherri Coale is a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Christian Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma FCA Hall of Fame, the Norman High School Wall of Fame, and has “Home of” signs that flank both entrances to the small town of Healdton where she was born and raised and will be eternally indebted. During her illustrious career at the University of Oklahoma, in addition to coaching the Sooners, Coale participated in USA Basketball as an assistant coach in 2001 where the squad won a bronze medal, and a head coach in the World University Games in 2013 where her USA squad defeated Russia on their home court to bring home the gold. In addition to competitive excellence inside the lines both nationally and internationally, Sherri Coale has received numerous accolades and recognitions for her players’ performance academically as well as their team community service through the years. Maximizing her players’ skills both on and off the court has always been her goal. Sherri Coale is an author, a master motivator, an engaging speaker, a gifted writer, and a keen observer of everyday life. She and her husband, Dane, have been married for 35 years. They have two children, one daughter-in-law, and one adorable granddaughter around which their universe currently spins. You can find her weekly blog, “A Weigh of Life” at sherricoale.com. Rooted to Rise, is her first book.
About "Rooted to Rise":
“Rooted to Rise” is a collection of real-life stories that portray the extraordinary way people mark our lives, from the family we’re born into to the serendipitous collisions that shape us on
our journey. You will laugh and cry and recognize yourself in what you read.” --Sally Jenkins, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, award winning columnist of the Washington Post
For 25 years Sherri Coale roamed the sideline at the University of Oklahoma as the architect and head coach of one of the most respected women’s basketball programs in the country. In 2021, Coale stepped away from her collegiate coaching career to devote time to her lifelong passion for writing. In her first book, Rooted to Rise…The Redwood Legacies of Life-Anchoring People, she shares some of the indelible lessons she’s learned from many of the remarkable connections in her life. The stories found in Rooted to Rise are about fighting for what you believe in and not falling for what you don’t. They are about situations and circumstances, mountains and hurdles, celebrations and victory dances. They are about love and loss and finding the good in the midst of hard things. But mostly, Coale’s stories are about what the world and the people in it can teach us if we’re willing to let it. Through Coale’s cast of characters, you will discover that greatness can come in all shapes and sizes. You will recognize difference making in its myriad of everyday forms, and you’ll be reminded that access to it is not reserved for a gifted few. You will meet celebrities, kindergarten teachers, old fashioned ball coaches, cancer warriors, parents and grandparents, and a bunch of amazing young women determined to leave their stories better than they found them. You will read about soaring victories and gut -wrenching losses. And you’ll feel the relativity of both. Sherri Coale’s numbers as a coach speak for themselves. She led her Oklahoma program to three Final Fours, six Big 12 conference championships, four Big 12 conference tournament titles, and 19 straight NCAA appearances. Before coaching at Oklahoma, she led Norman High
School to two state championships. Coale is a member of multiple Halls of Fame including the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. For more information visit sherricoale.com