Findley Claims 500th Win
OC women’s basketball team coach Stephanie Findley (82) earned the 500th win in her illustrious career with the Lady Eagles’ 73-62 victory over Missouri Valley College in November.
Findley, now in her 26th year with the Lady Eagles, is the all-time winningest women’s collegiate coach among all four-year schools in the state of Oklahoma (including the NCAA).
“I’ve been very blessed with a great family, with great players, with great assistant coaches and with great mentors like Dan Hays and Max Dobson,” Findley said. “I’ve been blessed with an administration that understands the big picture. We all want to win, and we want to win championships, but there’s a bigger picture and our administration understands that.”
Findley has led teams to the NAIA National Tournament 13 times, including nine of the last 11 years. The Lady Eagles have advanced to the “Sweet 16” five times, making “Elite Eight” appearances in 1986, 2003 and 2010.
Her teams also are known for their academic achievements and community involvement. The Lady Eagles annually earn NAIA Scholar Team designation, ranking in the top 10 in GPA among all NAIA women’s basketball teams. They also earned the NAIA Champions of Character team award for women’s basketball in 2006-07 for their numerous community initiatives.
Findley, a guard for the Lady Eagles from 1979 to 1982, is a four-time Coach of the Year honoree in the Sooner Athletic Conference, earning the distinction in 1986, 1988, 1990 and 2000.
In 1986, she was named Coach of the Year in NAIA District Nine and was Coach of the Year in NAIA District Two in 2000. She was inducted into the OC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
View more stories from the Spring 2011 issue of Vision magazine.