Nicole Powell was named the eight head coach in GCU women's basketball program history on April 11, 2017.
Powell joined the Lopes after three seasons as an assistant coach with the Oregon women’s basketball team, which advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, before falling to defending champion UConn. Powell worked with the Ducks’ forwards and wings as well as handling game plans and recruiting. Her recruiting efforts helped Oregon secure the No. 3 recruiting class in the country in 2016. The Ducks concluded the season ranked No. 16 in the country and a 23-14 record, including six wins over Top 25 teams.
Prior to joining the Ducks coaching staff, Powell spent the 2013-14 season with Graves at Gonzaga, her first in coaching. The Phoenix, Ariz., native retired from the WNBA following the 2014 season with the Seattle Storm, her 11th year in the league.
After finishing her collegiate career at Stanford, Powell was the third overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Charlotte Sting. In her impressive 11-year professional career, Powell won a WNBA Championship with the Sacramento Monarchs (2005), was named the WNBA’s Most Improved Player (2005) and named a WNBA All-Star (2009). The forward also led the WNBA in three-point field goals made with 66 in 2005 and was first in free-throw percentage (96.4 percent) during the 2007 campaign and during the 2009 season (97.9 percent).
Powell ended her career at Stanford in 2004 as a three-time All-American and a three-time finalist for the James Naismith Player of the Year Award. She scored over 2,000 points in her four years with the Cardinal while grabbing over 1,000 rebounds. Powell guided the Cardinal to the Elite Eight as a senior in 2003-04 and was named the MVP of the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Region. Powell began her collegiate career as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (2000) and was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2002 and 2004. Powell helped Stanford accumulate a 105-26 record over her four years, as she averaged 17.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game, while posting six triple-doubles in her Stanford career.
In addition to her WNBA career, Powell played professionally overseas as well. She helped Fenerbahçe win two Turkish League championships in 2009 and 2010 and also played for CSKA Moscow (Russia), Perfumerias Halcon Avenida (Spain), Basket Spezia (Italy) and Wisla Kraków (Poland). Powell also played with both the USA Junior National Team and USA Senior National Team. She won a gold medal with the junior team at the FIBA Americas Championships in the summer of 2000 and was one of three captains on the senior team that won a silver medal at the Pan American Games in the summer of 2003.
In her prep career at Mountain Pointe, Powell was a Parade Magazine First-Team All-American (2000) and named the Arizona Player of the Century by the Arizona Republic. Her senior season, she averaged 21.1 points and 15.5 rebounds leading the Pride to a 30-2 record and a berth in the state title game. She was twice named Arizona Player of the Year and set school records with 2,478 career points and 1,760 career rebounds.