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Old 03-12-2019, 01:47 PM   #1
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Old 03-12-2019, 01:49 PM   #2
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Oklahoma women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale announced Tuesday that assistant coaches Pam DeCosta and Chad Thrailkill are departing the program.

Both were long-term assistant coaches on Coale’s staff.

“I want to thank Pam and Chad for their dedicated service to our program. I have been honored to have them play a vital role in our program and they have both been an integral part in our sustained success over the last 23 years,” Coale said in a statement released by the school.

“Pam helped lay the foundation for our run of 19 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances by recruiting a program-defining player like Stacey Dales. Chad has been a part of my basketball family for the past 21 seasons at Oklahoma and Norman High, and his commitment to our team has helped countless student-athletes succeed in life, as well as on the court.”

Both departing coaches have indicated they are looking for opportunities away from basketball.
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Old 03-12-2019, 01:54 PM   #3
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Leaving for other opportunities...
Fired.

Now go hire Dionnah Jackson with the intent to turn over the program to her in a year or two.

One of the top up-and-coming young coaches in the nation, Dionnah Jackson-Durrett embarks on her fourth season as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs.

An All-America point guard at Oklahoma, Jackson-Durrett has made an immediate impact at MSU, helping the Bulldogs to the program’s second NCAA Sweet 16 in 2016 and back-to-back National Finalist appearances and an SEC title the past two seasons.

Jackson-Durrett works with the Bulldog point guards, and in her three seasons has helped tutor Morgan William to back-to-back Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and Second Team All-SEC accolades. Under her guidance, William finished her career as the Bulldogs’ career assists leader (656). She claimed three of MSU’s top four single-season assists marks under Jackson-Durrett’s guidance. This season, William tied her sophomore tally (176) for third after dishing a school single-season best 181 dimes in 2016-17.

William also took care of the basketball in her senior campaign, finishing the year third in NCAA Division I in assist/turnover ratio with a 3.7 mark.

Under Jackson-Durrett’s watch, the Bulldogs have been among the league’s best in assists, setting the program record for the second-consecutive year with a nation’s 12th-most 602 dimes in 2017-18. State also finished 10thnationally, first in the SEC, in assist/turnover ratio (1.4), a year after the Bulldogs’ first Final Four squad ranked second in the SEC. Her first season in Starkville (2015-16), team fifth in the league in the category.

Jackson-Durrett made the move to Starkville following a two-year stint on the staff at George Mason, where she worked with the Patriots’ offense and guards.
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Old 03-12-2019, 01:59 PM   #5
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The massive downside to this.
1. Any great assistant is on a tourney team and won't leave until their team is bounced.

2. There's no one to recruit spring prospects right now until they get hired.
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The massive downside to this.
1. Any great assistant is on a tourney team and won't leave until their team is bounced.

2. There's no one to recruit spring prospects right now until they get hired.
Colton Coale should be very busy the next few months!
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Old 03-12-2019, 02:08 PM   #7
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As I stated. No one is available to do spring recruiting.

The only question is whether Joe C demanded this or Sherri did before Joe C asked what changes were coming.
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Leaving for other opportunities...
Fired.

Now go hire Dionnah Jackson with the intent to turn over the program to her in a year or two.

One of the top up-and-coming young coaches in the nation, Dionnah Jackson-Durrett embarks on her fourth season as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs.

An All-America point guard at Oklahoma, Jackson-Durrett has made an immediate impact at MSU, helping the Bulldogs to the program’s second NCAA Sweet 16 in 2016 and back-to-back National Finalist appearances and an SEC title the past two seasons.

Jackson-Durrett works with the Bulldog point guards, and in her three seasons has helped tutor Morgan William to back-to-back Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and Second Team All-SEC accolades. Under her guidance, William finished her career as the Bulldogs’ career assists leader (656). She claimed three of MSU’s top four single-season assists marks under Jackson-Durrett’s guidance. This season, William tied her sophomore tally (176) for third after dishing a school single-season best 181 dimes in 2016-17.

William also took care of the basketball in her senior campaign, finishing the year third in NCAA Division I in assist/turnover ratio with a 3.7 mark.

Under Jackson-Durrett’s watch, the Bulldogs have been among the league’s best in assists, setting the program record for the second-consecutive year with a nation’s 12th-most 602 dimes in 2017-18. State also finished 10thnationally, first in the SEC, in assist/turnover ratio (1.4), a year after the Bulldogs’ first Final Four squad ranked second in the SEC. Her first season in Starkville (2015-16), team fifth in the league in the category.

Jackson-Durrett made the move to Starkville following a two-year stint on the staff at George Mason, where she worked with the Patriots’ offense and guards.
Jackson would also have contact with Daphane White of Miss. Coast CC, a 6-5 Fr who had some dealings with Mississippi State.
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As I stated. No one is available to do spring recruiting.

The only question is whether Joe C demanded this or Sherri did before Joe C asked what changes were coming.
After further review...you're right. But SC/His Mom states that he has "seen the building of the program since day one". Ok...you're still right. Just sad. Really sad.


Colton Coale is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma women’s basketball program after serving as the player development specialist in 2017-18.

Coale joined OU's staff prior to the 2015-16 season, serving as the program's graduate assistant. As an assistant, Coale will work exclusively with the team’s guards and coordinate offensive gameplans.

As the son of Sooners’ head coach Sherri Coale, he has seen the building of the program from day one.

Coale has spent time in a variety of roles with program. As an undergraduate student, he spent four seasons as a member of OU’s male practice squad, while also serving as the radio analyst on the Sooner Radio Network with Brian Brinkley for two seasons. During his two years as a graduate assistant, Coale worked on scouting future opponents, helped develop practice plans and implemented new skill techniques for the Sooners.

In his role as player personnel specialist, Coale breaks down film of OU’s practices and its opponents, helps coordinate the Sooner Sessions Coaches Clinic and works in an outreach role with local high school coaches.

Coale graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2015 and recently wrapped up his Master’s degree in May 2017.

He is married to former Sooner point guard Morgan (Hook) Coale, who was a three-year starter for the program and a two-time All-Big 12 honorable mention selection.


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Coale will probably hire her daughter in law!!!
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Well, we all knew and hoped changes would come. I think we also knew that SC and CC wouldn't take any of the blame. Maybe we will have less competitive schedules moving forward now that Chad has left (meaning hopefully more wins to boost these young players' confidence), i certainly hope so. I understand wanting to play good teams, but this year this team had no chance! I cannot WAIT to see who they choose to replace these two with. Hopefully some young, hungry people that truly help us.

So does CC do most of the recruiting? Or was this part of the two that left's job? I'm interested to see if this changes our recruiting (prob not) or any of the commitments we already have. Exciting, and maybe a bit scary, times ahead of this program!
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That would probably a lot smarter move than hiring her son.


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Coale will probably hire her daughter in law!!!
...and daughter. Is her husband available? Ok, I'm joking...sorta'!
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Well, we all knew and hoped changes would come. I think we also knew that SC and CC wouldn't take any of the blame. Maybe we will have less competitive schedules moving forward now that Chad has left (meaning hopefully more wins to boost these young players' confidence), i certainly hope so. I understand wanting to play good teams, but this year this team had no chance! I cannot WAIT to see who they choose to replace these two with. Hopefully some young, hungry people that truly help us.

So does CC do most of the recruiting? Or was this part of the two that left's job? I'm interested to see if this changes our recruiting (prob not) or any of the commitments we already have. Exciting, and maybe a bit scary, times ahead of this program!
Per his bio...
As an assistant, Coale will work exclusively with the team’s guards and coordinate offensive gameplans.

Maybe JRoss should go back to recruiting and post player development.

Ross has been extremely active in all phases of Oklahoma's emergence into the national spotlight. Ross' area of emphasis includes coaching OU's frontcourt, recruiting and scouting opponents. Not only is her expertise with post players essential, but Ross is a mastermind when it comes down to the Xs and Os of the game. She is also one of the top recruiters in the game. Ross' recruiting efforts have ensured that the Sooners will remain one of the top women's basketball programs in the country.

In addition to the Sooners' team accomplishments with Ross on the sideline, OU post players have flourished individually. She has helped Phylesha Whaley, Courtney Paris and Caton Hill develop into three of the top post players in the country. All three players are among the best in Oklahoma history and the records books illustrate it.


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Leaving for other opportunities...
Fired.

Now go hire Dionnah Jackson with the intent to turn over the program to her in a year or two.

One of the top up-and-coming young coaches in the nation, Dionnah Jackson-Durrett embarks on her fourth season as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs.

An All-America point guard at Oklahoma, Jackson-Durrett has made an immediate impact at MSU, helping the Bulldogs to the program’s second NCAA Sweet 16 in 2016 and back-to-back National Finalist appearances and an SEC title the past two seasons.

Jackson-Durrett works with the Bulldog point guards, and in her three seasons has helped tutor Morgan William to back-to-back Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and Second Team All-SEC accolades. Under her guidance, William finished her career as the Bulldogs’ career assists leader (656). She claimed three of MSU’s top four single-season assists marks under Jackson-Durrett’s guidance. This season, William tied her sophomore tally (176) for third after dishing a school single-season best 181 dimes in 2016-17.

William also took care of the basketball in her senior campaign, finishing the year third in NCAA Division I in assist/turnover ratio with a 3.7 mark.

Under Jackson-Durrett’s watch, the Bulldogs have been among the league’s best in assists, setting the program record for the second-consecutive year with a nation’s 12th-most 602 dimes in 2017-18. State also finished 10thnationally, first in the SEC, in assist/turnover ratio (1.4), a year after the Bulldogs’ first Final Four squad ranked second in the SEC. Her first season in Starkville (2015-16), team fifth in the league in the category.

Jackson-Durrett made the move to Starkville following a two-year stint on the staff at George Mason, where she worked with the Patriots’ offense and guards.

A change was needed and the removal of Pam and Chad is a start. However I am convinced they brought more positives to the team than did Colton in 2019. Personally I think keeping Colton is a more blatant example of nepotism than his hiring.

I also don't see Dionnah getting serious consideration as her expertise is with the guards and that is Sherri's bailiwick and I don't think she will surrender that control. Hope I am wrong as Dionnah could definitely address our ball control, distribution needs and bring the Vic Schaefer concept of stifiling defense provided Sherri will open her mind and listen which I think is doubtful.

Also why would Dionnah want to come to a troubled OU program when she possibly will be offered a Power 5 conference head coaching job within the next year or two. Any job at OU could be considered a step back.

What is a good name for an assistant that works with the bigs?
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Leaving for other opportunities...
Fired.

Now go hire Dionnah Jackson with the intent to turn over the program to her in a year or two.

One of the top up-and-coming young coaches in the nation, Dionnah Jackson-Durrett embarks on her fourth season as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs.

An All-America point guard at Oklahoma, Jackson-Durrett has made an immediate impact at MSU, helping the Bulldogs to the program’s second NCAA Sweet 16 in 2016 and back-to-back National Finalist appearances and an SEC title the past two seasons.

Jackson-Durrett works with the Bulldog point guards, and in her three seasons has helped tutor Morgan William to back-to-back Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and Second Team All-SEC accolades. Under her guidance, William finished her career as the Bulldogs’ career assists leader (656). She claimed three of MSU’s top four single-season assists marks under Jackson-Durrett’s guidance. This season, William tied her sophomore tally (176) for third after dishing a school single-season best 181 dimes in 2016-17.

William also took care of the basketball in her senior campaign, finishing the year third in NCAA Division I in assist/turnover ratio with a 3.7 mark.

Under Jackson-Durrett’s watch, the Bulldogs have been among the league’s best in assists, setting the program record for the second-consecutive year with a nation’s 12th-most 602 dimes in 2017-18. State also finished 10thnationally, first in the SEC, in assist/turnover ratio (1.4), a year after the Bulldogs’ first Final Four squad ranked second in the SEC. Her first season in Starkville (2015-16), team fifth in the league in the category.

Jackson-Durrett made the move to Starkville following a two-year stint on the staff at George Mason, where she worked with the Patriots’ offense and guards.
Surely, Dionnah Jackson-Durrett is smart enough to stay away from this dumpster fire. She will be a head coach soon and should not move anywhere without becoming the person in charge. This pretty much makes sure that she will probably never be at OU.
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I think Jan's health precludes her leaving, probably because of insurance reasons. And Sherri wouldn't, and shouldn't, do anything that impacts Jan's health care coverage.

My guess is Jan will be here as long as Sherri is.
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Agreed. Why would she jump from a pretty good spot into a dumpster fire that is liable to continue for at least two more years.

Sherri's move today, intended or not, buys her two more years - possibly three of "new" coaching and recruiting. By then, one way or another, she will retire.
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I would attempt to hire some high-profile athletes from the past. Courtney's playing career is likely coming to a close. Being able to play the game well doesn't mean you can necessarily teach the game, but I think she would be very effective in working with the post players. Heck, I'd be happy if she hired Whitney Hand/Jones.
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Speedy17,
There's a recruiting pitch to get someone like Dionnah.
Fix OU Hoops become the Hoops version of LR.

I mean Sherri like Bob when he cleaned house is a year or two from retiring.
And if the coaching changes don't stick, she's retired next year by Joe C.
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Exactly, Atlanta. This either works and she's gone in a year or two, or it doesn't and she's ousted after next season.

That's the exact reason we should all be worried that quality assistants won't seriously consider coming because they fear the writing may be on the wall for Sherri.

No matter the sport cleaning out assistant coaches is the last move of a coach who won't be holding a job if she doesn't win like crazy the year following everyone else's firing.
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There's a recruiting pitch to get someone like Dionnah.
Fix OU Hoops become the Hoops version of LR.

I mean Sherri like Bob when he cleaned house is a year or two from retiring.
And if the coaching changes don't stick, she's retired next year by Joe C.
Atlanta,

Dionnah is going to have head coaching opportunities. Why go be an assistant along with Colton? The OU job has more risk associated with it than reward. Just staying at Miss State and winning a national title will be worth more than hanging out with Sherri in Norman. I think Miss State wins it this year.

By the way, Bob left an albatross for Lincoln in Mike. What do you think Colton would be?
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Speedy17,
Does Dionnah want the OU job?? yes or no.
If yes.

Ask yourself how many head coaches did Joe C interview to replace Bob?? None.
How many head coaches would have loved the OU job. ten easily??

Dionnah can secure the OU job by being the top assistant that fixes OU women's hoops.

Is it a gamble?? Sure but if it tanks Dionnah can accurately probably just blame Sherri and
get hired again at a top program.
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Colton is irrelevant. He's not Mike Stoops.
Other than the outrageous level of nepotism involved there's no comparison
in terms of impact on the program.
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Random comments:

---Sherri once mentioned on the Rudi's show that Colton wasn't sure that he wanted to go into coaching.

---Abi Olajuwon is at TCU.

---I don't think there is a big available for the 2019-2020 season that would be of interest.

---Were there not some rumors that Chad was looking elsewhere a couple of months ago?

---Dionnah may see Mississippi State as not the ideal location from which too build. A lot of their success is due to one key player. What happens next year? Is Daphane White as good as some say?
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