University of Oklahoma basketball legend Courtney Paris will return to Norman to join Sherri Coale’s coaching staff, the school announced on Wednesday.

Paris recently completed a 10-year WNBA playing career, which included a stop with the Tulsa Shock.

Paris is replacing Coquese Washington on the staff.

“I’m thrilled to return to my alma mater as a coach,” Paris said in a statement. “When coach Coale offered me the opportunity, it was a no-brainer. I’m excited to get to work.”

Paris was the first four-time Associated Press and USBWA All-American in women’s college basketball history.

The post player was at OU between 2005-09 and was the 2007 national player of the year. She owned 20 NCAA Division I records when she graduated.

“Courtney Paris loves Oklahoma women’s basketball,” Coale said. “She has a heart for the journey of the collegiate athlete and a tremendous vat of basketball knowledge to share as, professionally, she has played with and for some of the greatest minds in our game.

“Courtney will be an outstanding recruiter, a pivotal mentor and guide for our post players, and a valuable addition to our sideline. She’s a proven winner and we are thrilled to welcome her home.”

Gallery: A look back at Courtney Paris’ record-breaking career at OU

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