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Courtney Paris returning to Sooners as assistant coach

NORMAN — Courtney Paris is back in Norman.

The biggest star in OU women's basketball history was named an assistant coach for the Sooners on Wednesday.

"Courtney Paris loves Oklahoma women's basketball," Sooners coach Sherri Coale said in a release. "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."

Paris replaces Coquese Washington, who served one year on Sherri Coale's staff.

Washington is expected to be named an assistant coach at Notre Dame, her alma mater.

Paris was the first-ever four-time Associated Press and USBWA All-American in women's college basketball history, starring for the Sooners from 2005-09.

When she graduated, Paris held 20 NCAA Division I records, 57 Big 12 records and 69 school records. Those records included an NCAA-best 112 consecutive double-doubles.

She remains the Sooners' all-time leader in points (2,729) and rebounds (2.034). Paris averaged 19.9 points, 14.8 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.

In 2007, she earned AP National Player of the Year honors.

"I'm thrilled to return to my alma mater as a coach," Paris said in a release. "When Coach Coale offered me the opportunity, it was a no-brainer."

Paris spent the last decade in the WNBA, playing for Sacramento, Atlanta, Tulsa, Dallas and Seattle. She led the WNBA in rebounding in 2014 and 2015 and helped the Seattle Storm win the 2018 WNBA title. Paris also spent nine seasons playing internationally.

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Courtney Paris watches as the University of Oklahoma Sooners defeat the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits in the 2010 NCAA Tournament at the Lloyd Noble Center. Wednesday, Paris was named an assistant coach for the Sooners. [Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman]

Courtney Paris watches as the University of Oklahoma Sooners defeat the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits in the 2010 NCAA Tournament at the Lloyd Noble Center. Wednesday, Paris was named an assistant coach for the Sooners. [Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman]

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Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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