NORMAN — Oklahoma women's basketball filled its second assistant coach vacancy with the hire of former NCAA great Jackie Stiles on Wednesday.
Stiles has spent the past six seasons as an assistant at her alma mater, Missouri State, where she became NCAA Division I's top scorer from 2001-17. She led the to the 2001 Final Four, scoring an NCAA-record 1,062 points that season, and still ranks second all-time in the NCAA in career points (3,393).
Stiles and OU head coach Sherri Coale were inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame during the same class in 2016.
“Jackie’s resume speaks for itself. Not only is she one of the most decorated players to ever play our game, but she is also a rising star in the coaching profession,” Coale stated in a release. “Jackie has the unique ability to develop student-athletes to the height of their potential on the court, as she knows first-hand the mental and physical commitment that is necessary to excel at this level. We are excited to welcome her to our family, and we know she will make an instant impact on our team and coaching staff.”
As a coach, Stiles was was on the bench for Missouri State’s upset victories this past season. The Bears downed No. 6 seed DePaul and No. 3 seed Iowa State, then finished with a 25-10 record and first Sweet 16 appearance since 2001.
“I want to thank Sherri Coale for this opportunity to have a chance to work with one of the premier basketball programs in the country,” Stiles said. “Coach Coale has been a part of my journey in collegiate basketball from the beginning and I’m excited to have chance to learn from an outstanding Hall of Fame coach. I want to thank the administration, coaches, student-athletes and community at Missouri State for their constant support during my time as a player and as an assistant coach. This opportunity at Oklahoma is something that I could not pass up and I am ready to join the Sooner Family.”
Coquese Washington filled OU's other vacant position after being named associate head coach last week.