Sherri Coale, University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball Coach

Sherri Coale, NCAA Division I head coach, led the University of Oklahoma women’s basketball team to eighteen consecutive tournament appearances through 2017. But in the 2012–2013 season, preparing for the Big 12 Tournament, four players were injured. She gave the remaining players a mustard seed, reminding them of the words of Jesus from Matthew 13:31–32, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in the field.

It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree.” Coale said, “They study the scripture all the time, so I knew immediately they would know the implications” [of Jesus’s words]. They finished the season with a 24-11 record, succeeding despite the obstacles.

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