Who is Cynthia Cooper?
Cynthia Cooper is an American basketball coach and former American basketball player. She was born on 14 April 1963, in Chicago, Illinois, she is one of eight children of Mary Cobbs.
Quick Facts About Cynthia Cooper.
|Full Name||Cynthia Lynne Cooper-Dyke|
|Born||14 April 1963|
|Height||5ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||150 lb (68 )|
Did she go to School?
Yes, Cynthia attended Locke High School. She didn’t play basketball until she was 16 years. After a few years later Cynthia focused on physical education at the University of Southern California as well as playing guard on the NCAA national championship-winning Lady Trojan in 1983 and 1984.
Cynthia Cooper Basketball Story:
Cynthia started her career at an early age, she participated athletically in both track and field also basketball. She led USC to the California Championship (4A) by scoring an average of 31 points per game as well as scoring 44 points in one game.
Cynthia was a member of the gold medalist 1988 US Olympic Women’s Basketball Team as well as the Bronze Medal team. In addition, she played as a part of the 1987 USA Women’s Pan American Team that won a gold medal in Indianapolis in Indiana. In international games, Cynthia played in different teams in the European leagues such as; Samoa Betera in Spain (1986-1987), Parma in Italy (1987-1994), and Alcamo in Italy (1994-1996).
Cynthia started playing in WNBA at age of 34, she signed to play with the Houston Comets. Furthermore, she led the league in scoring for three consecutive years, galvanizing the franchise to a record four WNBA Championships. In 1997 and 1998, Cynthia was voted the WNBA’s MVP and Most Valuable Player in each of those four WNBA Finals. She was named the 1998 Sportswoman of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Cynthia retired from WNBA in 2000, she became the first player in WNBA history to score 500, 1000, 2000 as well as 2500 career points. Moreover, she coached the Phoenix Mercury for one and a half seasons (2001-2002). In the 2003 season, she returned as an active player though announced her final retirement from professional basketball in 2004.
Cynthia Cooper Career Highlights
- In 1986, She was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.
- In 1986 & 1990, She played for the U.S in the Goodwill Games as well as the World Championship.
- In 1987, she played overseas for Segovia in Spain (1986-1987) as well as named MVP of the European All-Star Game
- From 1994-96, she played overseas for Alcamo
- From 1987-94 & 1996-97, she played Parma in Italy
- In 1992, she won the bronze medal and in 1988 she won the gold medal, playing with the U.S Olympic teams
- In 1996, she was the leading scorer of 37.5 ppg in the European Cup.
- She signed on with the WNBA’s Houston Comets and was voted the WNBA’s MVP in 1997 and 1998.
Cynthia Cooper Awards
- 1997-2000- WNBA champion
- 1997-2000- WNBA Finals MVP
- 1997 & 1998- WNBA MVP
- 1999, 2000 & 2003- WNBA All-Star
- 1997-2000- All-WNBA First Team
- 2006- WNBA 10th Anniversary Team
- 2011- WNBA 15th Anniversary Team
- 2016-WNBA 20th Anniversary Team
- 2021- WNBA 25th Anniversary Team
- No.44 retired by USC Trojans
- 2011- CAA Coach of the Year
How many teams does Cynthia Cooper coach?
Cynthia Cooper has coached various teams such as:
- Phoenix Mercury (2001-2002)
- Prairie View A&M (2005-2010)
- UNC Wilmington (2010-2012)
- Texas Southern (2012-2013)
- USC (2013-2017)
- Texas Southern (2019-2022)
Is Cooper Married?
Cynthia is married to her second husband, Brian Dyke. Furthermore, they have twins, son Brian Jr.and daughter Cyan. were born in June 2012.
What Net worth does Cynthia Cooper have?
Cynthia Cooper has an approximate net worth of $2 million