Fri, 14 May 2021

Oklahoma names Drake's Jennie Baranczyk as head coach

Field Level Media
11 Apr 2021, 05:40 GMT+10

Oklahoma hired former Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk on Saturday to replace the retired Sherri Coale.

Baranczyk, 39, compiled a 192-96 record at Drake over the past nine seasons, leading the Bulldogs to three NCAA Tournament berths and twice earning Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be named the next head coach for the University of Oklahoma's women's basketball program and follow the highly successful and much-admired Sherri Coale," Baranczyk said in a news release. "My coaching philosophy is based upon the most powerful human emotion to me and that is love. The players who put on this jersey must love the game, love to compete and love OU.

"We are going to compete at the highest level on the court and in the classroom. We will play hard, play together and be fun to watch. I'm looking forward to being at Oklahoma where there are amazing people and we can -- and will -- compete for championships."

Coale retired on March 17 after 25 seasons, 513 wins and three Final Four appearances with the Sooners.

"This is a truly exciting day for our university and athletics department, as we welcome Jennie Baranczyk as our new head women's basketball coach," Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said. "Her track record of overseeing creative and effective offenses, and producing high win totals, conference championships and postseason appearances during her time at Drake certainly appealed to our search committee as it evaluated the very competitive candidate pool. But her mastery of the head coaching role extends far beyond the court, and it's clear that her personal and professional values align with ours."

Baranczyk posted six straight 20-win seasons during her time at Drake and won three regular season conference titles and two conference tournament crowns.

In 2020-21, her Bulldogs led the nation with 20.4 assists per game and finished 18-12 overall, 13-5 in the MVC. Drake lost in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Baranczyk, then known as Jennie Lillis, was a standout player for Iowa from 1999-2004.

Oklahoma went 12-12 overall and 9-8 in the Big 12 in 2020-21. The Sooners haven't been to the NCAA Tournament since the 2017-18 season.

--Field Level Media

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