EDMOND — Almost three decades after her mother and father played at Oklahoma Christian, Chandler Coale of Norman will suit up for the Lady Eagles.
Coale has signed a letter of intent to play women’s basketball at OC, coach Stephanie Findley said Friday. Coale, who played point guard at Norman High School, will join the Lady Eagles starting with the 2014-15 season.
Coale is the daughter of University of Oklahoma women’s coach and former OC point guard Sherri (Buben) Coale and former OC baseball player Dane Coale. Sherri Coale, who played at OC from 1983-1987, spent two seasons as Findley’s starting point guard and helped the Lady Eagles reach the NAIA quarterfinals in 1986.
Chandler Coale was a three-year starter at Norman, where she was coached by another former OC point guard, Nichole (Sanders) Copeland. As a senior, she averaged 3.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists (tops in Class 6A) and 1.5 steals per game for the Tigers.
“You can never have enough good point guards,” Findley said. “Chandler is a very unselfish point guard with excellent work ethic, fundamentals and leadership skills. She has a very high basketball IQ and really understands how to run and direct a team. Those all are things that are becoming harder to find in today’s players. We are very excited to have her joining our program.”
OC is in the second year of the three-year NCAA Division II membership process and is a full member of the Heartland Conference. The Lady Eagles went 19-12 last season and finished fifth in the National Christian College Athletic Association Championship after winning their second straight NCCAA Central Region title.