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.

DeCosta was an assistant coach at Oklahoma from 1996-98 and returned to the staff before the 2011-12 season.

Thrailkill was the team’s director of player operations during the 2002-03 season and was elevated to assistant coach in the 2004-05 season.

The staff news comes one day after former Big 12 freshman of the year Shaina Pellington announced her intention to leave the program.

The Sooners are coming off an 8-22 season, which snapped their 19-year run of NCAA Tournament appearances.

Eric Bailey



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Eric covers the University of Oklahoma football and men’s basketball teams. A Haskell Indian Nations University graduate, he has been a member of the Tulsa World sports staff for 12 years. Phone: 918-581-8391