Bo Overton was named head coach of the Chicago Sky on December 12, 2006. He has more than 20 years of experience coaching men’s and women’s basketball, most recently as head coach at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), where he guided the women’s team to two conference tournament appearances and one title game berth over two seasons.
During his first year, Overton led UMKC to the Mid-Continent Tournament Championship game against Oral Roberts. En route to that game, UMKC became the first No. 7 seed to win a quarterfinal and semifinal game at the Mid-Con Tournament. They also became the first team in UMKC history (men or women) to advance to the conference final.
Overton is also a former assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma. During his six-year tenure there, the Sooners won three Big 12 Conference regular-season titles, advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times, and appeared in the 2002 NCAA National Championship game.
Overton began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Oklahoma men’s basketball program, followed by a year as an assistant coach with the Continental Basketball Association Pensacola Tornadoes and another with Oral Roberts University.
He then landed his first head coaching position, at Murray State Junior College. After two years at MSJC, Overton returned to Oral Roberts to assist Coach Ken Trickey. He remained with the Golden Eagles for two seasons before accepting an assistant coach position at Southwest Texas State under former Kansas State men’s head coach Jim Wooldridge. Overton’s and Wooldridge’s working relationship extended over five years and two institutions, as the pair teamed up for one year at Southwest Texas and four years at Louisiana Tech (1994-98).
As a player, Overton was a starting point guard for the Sooners from 1980-83, where he led the team in assists in his final three seasons and still ranks third all-time. He was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 1983 NBA Draft and played and coached for the Pensacola Tornadoes from 1984-85.
Overton is a 1983 graduate of Oklahoma, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications.