MOORE — After being out of coaching for a few years, Carole Carter didn’t know if it was going to happen. TO be chosen into the coaching hall of fame was something she had hoped for, but didn’t know if it would actually take place.
The long time basketball coach finally got the good news when she received a text from her brother last month a text from her nephew informed her she had been chosen to be inducted into the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches association Hall of Fame.
“I had hoped to be inducted at some point in my life,” Carter said. “I grew up watching the best coaches is Oklahoma receive induction to the Hall of Fame. My high School coach Harold Jones was a great coach and many of his friends like Eldon Flynn of McLish, Bill Johnson of Latta and Charles Heatly of Lindsey are all in the hall of fame and are National Coach of the year.
“When I began to play basketball I wanted to make All- State, and naturally as a coach I wanted to work hard enough to be worthy if I was ever nominated.”
The official induction will take place May 31 before the OGBC All-State at Westmoore.
Carter is currently a counselor coach at WMH, where she used to be the head coach. She’s also had stops in Ardmore, Cherokee, El Reno, Ninnekah, Wayne and Norman.
In her 26 years on the bench, Carter amassed a record of 624 wins and 214 losses. She took five teams to the state tournament. Three of those teams made it to the semifinals.
“I didn’t get into coaching to win gold balls, I got into coaching to make a difference in the lives of girls to make them have a sense of inner strength and confidence I knew they would need as adult women,” Carter said. “My Mother didn’t have a chance to do anything like I did so I’m sure a lot of what I have accomplished was to carry the torch for her and make her proud.”