Finkbeiner Leaving ORU To Coach At Utah State - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Finkbeiner Leaving ORU To Coach At Utah State

Posted: Updated:
Jerry Finkbeiner is saying goodbye to the Golden Eagles after 16 season at the helm of the women’s basketball program. Jerry Finkbeiner is saying goodbye to the Golden Eagles after 16 season at the helm of the women’s basketball program.
Finkbeiner drawing up a play during a timeout of a 2011 game. Finkbeiner drawing up a play during a timeout of a 2011 game.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

Oral Roberts head women's basketball coach Jerry Finkbeiner is leaving the Golden Eagles program to become the head coach at Utah State.

The News On 6 confirmed his move Wednesday. Finkbeiner replaces Raegan Pebley who spent nine seasons at the helm of the Big Blue program but announced she was leaving earlier this month to be the head coach at Fresno State.

Coach Finkbeiner spent sixteen years coaching the Golden Eagles and took the program to new levels during that time.

In the 10 years prior to Finkbeiner's hire, ORU had managed just 85 total wins and finished only two seasons with a winning percentage better than .500. But in the 16 years since, the Golden Eagles have averaged better than 17 wins per season while also making the first five appearances at the NCAA Tournament in school history.

ORU hit the 20-win plateau for the third straight season in 2011-12 advancing to the WNIT for their third consecutive post season appearance.

During the 2010-11season, ORU won 23 games and captured their second straight Summit League regular season title.

Finkbeiner has led ORU to five Summit League (formerly Mid-Continent Conference) tournament titles and five 20-win seasons, including three consecutive 20-win campaigns, a first for the program in over three decades.

Finkbeiner also coached several players to individual success in 2011-12. Kevi Luper set the ORU and Summit League career scoring records on Feb 4, 2012 in a win over North Dakota State, and the Adair native went on to win her third straight Summit League Player of the Year award. Freshman Bernadett Balla also benefited from Finkbeiner's coaching, earning Summit League All-Newcomer honors.

Finkbeiner was once again named Summit League Coach of the Year at the end of the season, while Luper captured her second straight Summit League Player of the Year award.

Finkbeiner, a native of Southern California, attended Southern Nazarene in Oklahoma City from 1975-80, where he played basketball for four years.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

More Sports

  • OSU Cowboys

    Get all your OSU Cowboys information from sports highlights to the latest news & videos.

  • OU Sooners

    Find the latest sports news, schedules and more for the OU Sooners now!

  • TU Golden Hurricane

    Follow the TU Golden Hurricane! Get sports scores, news and highlights.

  • OKC Thunder

    Thunder Up! Get the latest sports news, game highlights, videos and updates on the team.

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.