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January 28, 2014

OC's Findley reaches coaching milestone

EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian women’s basketball coach Stephanie Findley has reached another milestone, recording her 550th career coaching win Thursday as the Lady Eagles beat visiting Texas A&M International 81-73.

Findley, who has recorded more wins than any women’s college basketball coach in Oklahoma history, has spent her entire career at her alma mater. Originally from Lexington, she played four seasons for the Lady Eagles, graduating in 1982 and served as an assistant coach under Max Dobson for three seasons before taking the reins prior to the 1985-86 campaign.

She guided OC to three NAIA quarterfinal berths during the university’s time in that organization (1986, 2003 and 2010) and last season took the Lady Eagles to the National Christian College Athletic Association semifinals, winning the NCCAA Central Region title along the way.

Under Findley, Oklahoma Christian has recorded 16 seasons of 20 or more wins, including last season, when the Eagles went 20-13 in its debut season in the NCAA Division II Heartland Conference. OC is 9-7 this season and on a three-game winning streak.

Findley received coach of the year honors four times during OC’s time in the NAIA’s Sooner Athletic Conference (1986, 1988, 1991 and 2000). She currently serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Among Findley’s former players are University of Oklahoma women’s head coach Sherri Coale, OU women’s assistant coach Jan Ross and Norman High School girls head coach Nichole Copeland.

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