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Sources: GCU to hire ex-WNBA star, Oregon assistant Nicole Powell

Sources tell Swish Appeal, Grand Caynon will be hiring Nicole Powell as its next head coach.

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Even with the women’s basketball season being over with, the coaching carousel is in full bloom, and its season seems to be far from its conclusion. Last month, Grand Canyon decided they would not retain Trent May as the head coach.

The Lopes will introduce WNBA Champion and Oregon assistant Nicole Powell as the next coach of Grand Canyon, multiple sources inform Swish Appeal.

For the past three seasons, Powell has been an assistant under Kelly Graves at Oregon where she has been working with the forwards and wings. In 2016, Powell helped the Ducks to sign the No. 3 ranked recruiting class in the nation.

Powell first started coaching in 2013 under Graves when he was at Gonzaga. Before she started her coaching career, Powell played in the WNBA where she retired in 2014. She most recently played for the Seattle Storm, with stops playing for the Charlotte Sting, Sacramento Monarchs, New York Liberty and Tulsa Shock in her 11 years in the league.

Powell has a WNBA championship under her belt with Sacramento, and was the league’s Most Improved Player (2005), and an All-Star in 2009.

Other finalists for the job were USF Associate head coach Jeff Osterman, Alaska Anchorage’s Ryan McCarthy, new NAU head coach Loree Payne and SMU assistant Edwina Brown, among others.