A fixture in the ULM women’s basketball program, Eun Jung Ok begins her 25th season with the Warhawks.
Ok was not only one of the greatest players in ULM history, but she also played on what are arguably the greatest Warhawk teams, the 1982-86 units that went 102-15, won three Southland Conference championships and played in the 1985 Final Four.
Ok’s many responsibilities include assisting the head coach, recruiting, handling written correspondence for recruiting, evaluating game tapes of prospective recruits, advising players on their academics, and working with the guards on the floor. Ok is also responsible for scouting opponents.
"I enjoy having our players succeed not only athletically but also academically," Ok said. "The most gratifiying part of coaching at ULM is having former players contact me. Having that bond with former players is very important to me."
One of the most dazzling point guards to play the game, Ok averaged 18.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game for her career. In 1984-85, she averaged 18 points and 8.9 assists to lead ULM to a 30-2 record, the top mark in the nation, as well as a spot in the Final Four.
"E.J. played each game with a passion for excellence and winning." said Ok's former head coach, Linda Harper. "Using her leadership qualities and ability she was a floor general and elevated the playing level of her teammates. She dominated the game with brilliant passing and determined play. Professionally, we have had numerous basketball connections. She has demonstrated an extremely high level of basketball knowledge, concepts and strategies. E.J. has carried that passion for excellence and winning into coaching."
In 1986, she earned the Jim Corbett Award as the state’s Athlete of the Year, collegiate, professional, male or female. A three-year All-American, Ok was ULM’s all-time leader in assists with 978, and is first in free-throws made with 528. She had 297 steals over her career and ranks second in points scored with 2,208.
During her four years as the Warhawks’ point guard, she led ULM to three top 20 rankings -- No. 13 in 1984, No. 2 in 1985 and No. 3 in 1986.
A member of the ULM Hall of Fame, Ok was named Southland Conference Player of the Year four straight years -- the only basketball player, female or male, to ever earn that honor.
In addition to the honors mentioned, Ok was also named to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and in 2004 became the first female inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor.
“I have never seen a player dominate the game like E.J. did,” former ULM Sports Information Director Bob Anderson said. “She dominated not only as a scorer but as a passer, a field general and a defensive player. When she came to Northeast Louisiana (ULM), it took months, even years, for most of her teammates to adjust to her passes, but most of all her whole level of play.”
After her collegiate career ended, Ok played professional basketball in Italy and Sweden for two seasons before beginning her coaching career.
Ok has three children, Peter (24), Kristina (22), and Gabrielle (18). The Oks are members of the First Presbyterian Church in Monroe.
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