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Taylor High
Assistant Coach

As a member of head coach Nicole Powell's staff, Taylor High enters his third year as an assistant coach at Grand Canyon in 2019-20.

In his first two seasons with the Lopes, High was a part of a staff that placed three players on All-WAC teams and saw a pair of back-to-back WAC Tournament appearances.

High spent the past four seasons at Texas Women's University, and works with perimeter players while also leading the defense for the Lopes. At TWU, High's work included everything from recruiting, scouting, film breakdown and on-court walkthroughs.  He successfully brought in recruits from across the country while developing a pair of Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year players and helping lead TWU to its first ever at-large NCAA Tournament bid in 2016.

Prior to TWU, High spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Pratt Community College in Kansas and was an assistant coach at Dodge City Community College from 2008-11. He served as the head manager for the University of Kansas men's basketball program, working under Bill Self for four seasons.


Brad Langston
Assistant Coach

As a member of head coach Nicole Powell's staff, Brad Langston enters his third year as an assistant coach at Grand Canyon in 2019-20.

In his first two seasons with the Lopes, Langston was a part of a staff that placed three players on All-WAC teams and saw a pair of back-to-back WAC Tournament appearances.

Langston arrived at GCU having coached at Hawaii, working with player development, scouting and both offensive and defensive strategies. At Hawaii, the team maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.42 while Langston developed a first-team All-Big West player and landed another on the Big West All-Freshman Team.

Prior to Hawaii, Langston coached five seasons at West Campus High School in Sacramento, Calif., where the Warriors won five consecutive league titles and reach the state tournament three times. He helped develop two players in the ESPNW Top 100 at WCHS and founded the Evolution Skills Academy, coaching numerous players who went on to play collegiately.


Chelsea Turner
Director of Basketball Operations

Chelsea Turner was hired at Director of Basketball Operations by head coach Nicole Powell in June of 2018 and enters her second season with the Lopes in 2019-20.

Turner is a 2007 graduate of Cameron University where she competed in basketball for four seasons. She earned her Master's Degree at the University of Oklahoma in 2009 after serving as a graduate assistant in the athletics department for one year.

Continuing her path in athletics, Turner served as the Director of Player Development at the University of Tulsa for two years before accepting a position as an Assistant Coach at Austin Peay State University for two years and University of Dallas for one season.

Turner is a native of Norman, Oklahoma.


Sydney Crafton
Assistant Coach

As a member of head coach Nicole Powell's staff, Sydney Crafton enters her first year as an assistant coach at Grand Canyon. Crafton was hired in June of 2019.

Crafton joins the Lopes after spending four seasons as an assistant coach for Western Illinois. She oversaw that program’s facility and visiting team schedules, community service opportunities and special events while assisting with all aspects of the basketball side.

With the Leathernecks, Crafton coached a pair of All-Missouri Valley Conference honorees and two MVC All-Newcomer players while also helping the 2016-17 team to the Summit League regular-season and postseason championships and the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 22 years.

Crafton played four seasons for Missouri, making 63 starts in 96 career games, after growing up in nearby Jefferson City. In her senior year with the Tigers, the team captain started in 27 games and ranked third on the team in points per game (9.6) and rebounds per game (5.3).

Crafton led the team in field goal percentage as a senior, connecting on 53.4 percent of her attempts, and scored a career-high 26 points against Southeast Missouri State.

The 5-foot-10 guard also competed professionally for one year in Ecuador and Italy.