Irving ISD will recognize storied basketball coach Suzie Oelschlegel by naming the main gymnasium at MacArthur High School, where Oelschlegel coached for 41 years, in her honor.
“Coach O,” as she is fondly known by her athletes, students and colleagues, retired from Irving ISD last May after a 42-year career in the district. She coached at the district’s Crockett Middle School for a year, then transferred to MacArthur High School, where she led the Lady Cardinals to a state championship and was named National Coach of the Year for girls’ basketball in 2011. She snagged her 800th career win in the fall of 2018 and ended her career with a total 885 wins.
As a leader in the realm of girl’s athletics, Coach Oelschlegel served on multiple All-Region, All-State and All-Star committees and coached numerous honorable teams and players including 13 McDonald’s All-Americans and three professional WNBA players.
A native of Odem, Texas, Oelschlegel was a four-year basketball and softball letterman from Baylor University.