Cynthia Cooper-Dyke

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Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
Sport(s)Women's College Basketball
Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamUSC Trojans
ConferencePacific-12 Conference
Biographical details
Born(1963-04-14) April 14, 1963 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois
Alma materUSC, Prairie View A&M University
Playing career
1997-2003Houston Comets
Position(s)Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2005-2010
2010-2012
2012-2013
2013-present
Prairie View A&M University
UNC Wilmington
Texas Southern University
University of Southern California
Accomplishments and honors

Awards
WNBA MVP (1997, 1998)
WNBA All-Star (1999, 2000, 2003)
WNBA Champion (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
WNBA Finals MVP (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
WNBA scoring champion (1997, 1998, 1999)
WNBA Hall of Fame(2009)
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame(2009) (profile)
Basketball Hall of Fame(2010) (profile)

CAA Coach of the Year(2010)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2010 (profile)
 
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Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
Sport(s)Women's College Basketball
Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamUSC Trojans
ConferencePacific-12 Conference
Biographical details
Born(1963-04-14) April 14, 1963 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois
Alma materUSC, Prairie View A&M University
Playing career
1997-2003Houston Comets
Position(s)Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2005-2010
2010-2012
2012-2013
2013-present
Prairie View A&M University
UNC Wilmington
Texas Southern University
University of Southern California
Accomplishments and honors

Awards
WNBA MVP (1997, 1998)
WNBA All-Star (1999, 2000, 2003)
WNBA Champion (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
WNBA Finals MVP (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
WNBA scoring champion (1997, 1998, 1999)
WNBA Hall of Fame(2009)
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame(2009) (profile)
Basketball Hall of Fame(2010) (profile)

CAA Coach of the Year(2010)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2010 (profile)

Cynthia Lynne Cooper-Dyke (born April 14, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American basketball player who has won championships in college, the Olympics, and in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She is considered by many as one of the greatest women's basketball players ever.[1] In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history. She played for the Houston Comets from 1997–2000 and again in 2003. On April 11, 2013 she was introduced as the head coach for the University of Southern California women's basketball team.

Personal[edit]

Although born in Chicago, Illinois, Cooper-Dyke grew up in South Central Los Angeles, California. Cooper-Dyke is the daughter of Mary and Kenny Cooper. Her father left the family when she was only six years old, leaving her mother to raise eight children.[2] Cooper-Dyke attended the University of Southern California, and played on their women's basketball team for four years, but left in 1986 before earning a degree. She played on international women's basketball teams (Spain and Italy) for a decade before returning to the US to play for the Houston Comets. While abroad she learned to speak Italian fluently.

In 2000, she published her autobiography, entitled She Got Game: My Personal Odyssey, which covered her childhood, her basketball career up to that time, and her mother's battle with breast cancer.

She was married to Brian Dyke on April 28, 2001. She is a mother to twins, a son, Brian Jr., and a daughter, Cyan, born June 15, 2002.

Early Years[edit]

High school[edit]

She attended Locke High School before enrolling at the University of Southern California. Cooper participated athletically in both track and field as well as basketball. She led her team to the California State Championship (4A) scoring an average of 31 points per game, and scoring 44 points in one game. Cooper was named the Los Angeles Player of the Year.[2]

College[edit]

Cooper was a four-year letter winner at guard for USC from 1982–1986. She led the Women of Troy to NCAA appearances in all four years, Final Four appearances in three of her four years, and back-to-back NCAA tournament titles in 1983 and 1984.[2] After the 1984 Championship, she briefly left school, but was persuaded to return. She completed four years with USC, although she did not graduate.[3] Cooper closed out her collegiate career with an appearance in the 1986 NCAA tournament championship game and a spot on the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team. Cooper ranks eighth on USC’s all-time scoring list with 1,559 points, fifth in assists (381) and third in steals (256). While Cooper was at USC, the Women of Troy compiled a record of 114–15.[2]

Career[edit]

Guard
NationalityUnited States American
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight150 lb (68 kg)

Team USA[edit]

Cooper was named to represent the USA at the 1981 William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, Taiwan, while still in high school. The team won seven of eight games to win the silver medal for the event. Cooper scored 2.8 points per game and recorded nine steals.[4]

Cooper played for USA Basketball as part of the 1987 USA Women's Pan American Team which won a gold medal in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cooper was a member of the gold medalist 1988 US Olympic Women's Basketball Team.,[5] and the Bronze Medal team in 1992.[6]

International[edit]

Cooper played for several teams in the European leagues:[2]

During her time playing for Samoa Bétera, a Spanish team, she was the league leading scorer with 36.7 ppg. During the almost ten years she played in the Italian leagues, she was the leagues leading scorer eight times, and finished second the other two years.[2]

In 1987, she was the MVP of the European All-Star team. She was also named to the Al-Star team of the Italian leagues in 1996–1997.[2]

WNBA[edit]

At the age of 34, Cooper signed on to play with the Houston Comets. She led the league in scoring three consecutive years, galvanizing the franchise to a record four WNBA Championships. In addition, she was voted the WNBA's MVP in 1997 and 1998 and named Most Valuable Player in each of those four WNBA Finals. Cooper was named the 1998 Sportswoman of the Year (in the team category) by the Women's Sports Foundation.[7] During the Comet dynasty, she was a vital part of the triple threat offense with Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson. When retired in 2000, Cooper became the first player in WNBA history to score 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 2,500 career points. She scored 30 or more points in 16 of her 120 games and had a 92-game double-figure scoring streak from 1997–2000. She went on to coach the Phoenix Mercury for one and a half seasons.

Cooper returned as an active player in the 2003 season, but announced her final retirement from professional basketball in 2004. Her appearance in the game, as a 40-year-old, made her the oldest player, at the time, to play in a WNBA game.[2]

Afterward, she served as a TV analyst and halftime reporter for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Cooper has also been named one of the top 15 players in the WNBA at the 2011 WNBA All-Star game.[8]

Career Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game BPG Blocks per game
 PPG Points per game TO Turnovers per game FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage Bold Career highLeague leader
Regular Season[edit]
Playoffs[edit]

College coaching career[edit]

In May 2005, Cooper was named the Head Coach of the women's basketball team at Prairie View A&M University.

Cooper's impact at Prairie View was immediate. In just her second season, Cooper led the underdog Panthers to the SWAC tournament title, netting the school its first-ever Women's NCAA Tournament bid.

In January 2008 the NCAA penalized Prairie View for NCAA rules violations committed by Cooper, reducing the number of scholarships for the team. The school was placed on four years' probation for "major violations" in 2005–2006 that ranged from Cooper giving players small amounts of cash to various forms of unauthorized practices.[9] Cooper also gave players free tickets to Comets game, which is another NCAA infraction.

On May 10, 2010, she was announced as the next Head Coach of the UNC Wilmington Seahawks Women's Basketball team.[10] During her first year at UNCW, Cooper was named CAA Coach of the Year.

On April 10, 2012, Cooper resigned from UNC Wilmington and became the head coach at Texas Southern. The move gave her the opportunity to return to Houston where she spent a lot of time as a player.

On April 11, 2013 she was introduced as the head coach for the University of Southern California women's basketball team.[11][12]

Halls of Fame[edit]

Cooper was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.[13] She was also announced as a member of the 2010 induction class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (the first WNBA player to be so), and was formally inducted on August 13 of that year.[14]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "90. Cynthia Cooper, Basketball". Sports Illustrated for Women. Retrieved 20 Oct 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Porter p. 88–89
  3. ^ Grundy p. 199–200
  4. ^ "1981 WOMEN'S R. WILLIAM JONES CUP". USA Basketball. Retrieved 13 Oct 2013. 
  5. ^ "Games of the XXIVth Olympiad -- 1988". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  6. ^ "Games of the XXVth Olympiad -- 1992". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  7. ^ "Sportswoman of the Year Award". Women's Sports Foundation. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  8. ^ http://www.wnba.com/allstar/2011/top15_072311.html
  9. ^ "Division I Committee on Infractions Penalizes Prairie View A & M University Women's Basketball Program". NCAA. Retrieved 2009-08-02. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Cynthia Cooper-Dyke Leaves Prairie View for UNC-Wilmington". HBCU Digest. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  11. ^ Klein, Gary (April 12, 2013). "Cynthia Cooper-Dyke to coach USC women's basketball". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Fisher, Brian (April 11, 2013). "USC will hire TSU's Cynthia Cooper-Dyke as new head women's basketball coach". TigerFans.net. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ "WBHOF Inductees". WBHOF. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  14. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2010" (Press release). Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 

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Preceded by
Cheryl Miller
Phoenix Mercury Head Coach
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Linda Sharp