Stacy Hansmeyer was a state champion and All-America basketball player at Norman High School under then-coach Sherri Coale, then became a national champion as a Connecticut senior in 2000.
She coached 10 seasons (2001-2011) with Coale at Oklahoma, helping the Sooners to three Final Four appearances and the 2002 national championship game, which OU lost to Hansmeyer’s alma mater, UConn.
Today, she owns and operates Stacy Hansmeyer Elite Basketball Training.
I ran track in elementary school, and my P.E. teacher, Mr. Pittman, put me in lots of all-city track meets. I’d win red ribbons and blue ribbons, first- and second-place all the time.
When I was 10, my dad pushed me into running in the Hershey Track Meet, which is big in the state of Oklahoma. He signed me up and I went to state and won that.
They would take your time and compare it to other states in the region. From there, they flew you on a free trip out to Hershey, Pa. That blew me away.
That was the first time that I started seeing myself differently, as really athletic and fast and quick.
It was an all-expense paid trip to go up there and compete, and I placed third in the 50-meter dash. That was a big moment for me.
Whenever I got back from my flight, I can remember getting off that flight and saying, ‘Well, I hope you enjoyed it. That’s probably going to be the last flight that you take.’ We were just a family that drove everywhere.
It’s funny because once I hit college, I never stopped flying.
There were four coaches who had a really big impact on my basketball career.
Sherrill Howery was the first coach to introduce me to the game of basketball and how it was played. He set my foundation. He made this team called the Mookies. It was named after Mookie Blaylock, so what a great way to start my career.
My next coach was Bob Pigg. He is a well-known coach in the state of Oklahoma. He was outstanding with X’s and O’s. He spent a lot of time helping me with my development in the post area, how to get position and keep position. At that time, there was only one AAU national championship and we made it to the finals, but didn’t win it. I was on that team whenever I was spotted by Coach (Geno) Auriemma.
Then, obviously, Coach Coale was huge. She was someone I looked up to in every way. I completely admired her love, her passion, her energy. She was a tremendous motivator and an incredible teacher of the game. She just made me believe I could do more than I ever thought I could do.