University of Oklahoma Head Women’s Basketball Coach Sherri Coale will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Rogers State University Athletics Banquet scheduled for April 24 inside the Centennial Center Ballroom on RSU’s Claremore campus.
The event will honor the achievements of the Hillcat athletic programs over the 2012-13 school year. Held on the RSU Claremore campus inside the Centennial Center Ballroom, the event has become a spectacular way to close out athletics each school year.
“The spring banquet has quickly evolved into one of our premiere events as we celebrate another outstanding year in Hillcat Athletics,” said Athletic Director Ryan Bradley. “We are very excited that Sherri Coale has agreed to be our keynote speaker. Coach Coale has been an elite and influential coach at the University of Oklahoma and we are looking forward to having her speak to our student-athletes and supporters.”
Coale is in her 17th season as the head women’s basketball coach at OU. Under her tutelage, the Sooners have won six Big 12 Regular Season Championships and four Big 12 Tournament Championships, the collection of titles is tops in the Big 12. The Sooners have made 13 straight NCAA Tournament appearances and eight Sweet 16 appearances. 19 of Coach Coale’s players have earned All-Big 12 honors 45 times. Coale has won four Big 12 Coach of the Year awards and the Sooners have six total Big 12 Players of the Year. Both are league highs. OU appeared in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time under Coale in the 10th week of the 1999-00 season. Since then, the Sooners have been ranked in 199 of 234 polls, including 118 straight. Coale embraces the balance of student and athlete as she has coached 87 Academic All-Big 12 honorees, 13 All-District Academic Team members and four Academic All-America Team members.
In 2012-13, eight Hillcat teams have been ranked or received votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for their sport. RSU teams have combined to win 70-percent of their games this school year, including national championship appearances in women’s cross country and women’s basketball. Women’s basketball finished No. 15 in the NAIA Poll and made its third consecutive appearance at the NAIA National Championship. The Diamond Cats began the season in the preseason No. 5 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll and the RSU softball team came in at No. 3 in the first regular season edition of the coaches poll. Eleven Hillcats earned conference player of the week honors including men’s soccer player Necas Collins, cross country runner Brenda Felipe and women’s soccer player Jordan Harris taking the honor twice. Women’s basketball player Sierra Cornwell was named SAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Nineteen players earned postseason all-conference honors this season and six players’ received14 postseason academic awards.
A limited number of tickets for the athletic banquet are available to the public. Tickets are $40 for individuals or $300 for a table of eight. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m.
For more information or to purchase tickets call the RSU Athletic Office at 918-343-7782.