Cynthia Cooper-Dyke

Basketball Player
Born Apr 14, 1963

Cynthia Lynne Cooper-Dyke is a former American basketball player who has won championships in college, the Olympics, and in the Women's National Basketball Association. She is considered by many as one of the greatest women's basketball players ever. 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. She's currently the head coach for the Texas Southern University women's basketball team.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Cynthia Cooper-Dyke.


Born on April 14, 1963.


1982 19 Years Old 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.
1984 21 Years Old 1 More Event
After the 1984 Championship, she briefly left school, but was persuaded to return. … Read More
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). … Read More
In 1987, she was the MVP of the European All-Star team.


1993 30 Years Old Her first marriage was on July 30, 1993 to Anthony Stewart in San Antonio, Texas.
1996 33 Years Old 1 More Event
She was also named to the Al-Star team of the Italian leagues in 1996–1997. … Read More
In addition, she was voted the WNBA's MVP in 1997 and 1998 and named Most Valuable Player in each of those WNBA Finals.
1998 35 Years Old Cooper was named the 1998 Sportswoman of the Year (in the team category) by the Women's Sports Foundation. … Read More
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When retired in 2000, Cooper became the first player in WNBA history to score 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 2,500 career points. … Read More
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On April 28, 2001 she was married to Brian Dyke.
2002 39 Years Old She is a mother to twins - a son, Brian Jr., and a daughter, Cyan, born June 15, 2002.


2003 40 Years Old Cooper returned as an active player in the 2003 season, but announced her final retirement from professional basketball in 2004. … Read More
After a successful college and professional basketball career, won four WNBA Championships and induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame, she turned to coaching. She began her coaching career in 2005 at Prairie View A&M University in Texas and guided the team to three SWAC Championships. … Read More
2009 46 Years Old Cooper was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
On May 10, 2010, she was announced as the next Head Coach of the UNC Wilmington Seahawks Women's Basketball team. 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. … Read More
…  In 2011, she was voted by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history. … Read More


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On April 11, 2013 she was introduced as the head coach for the University of Southern California women's basketball team. … Read More
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