Powers Returns To Samford Coaching Staff

After spending one season as the head coach at Birmingham’s Cornerstone High School, Jazmine Powers will return to Samford has an assistant women’s basketball coach, head coach Mike Morris announced Tuesday.

“I’m really excited to welcome Jazz back to our Samford women’s basketball family,” Morris said. “She has a great eye for talent and a good feel for the game. She also knows what it takes to be successful at Samford, on and off the court. Also, her outstanding character lends itself to close mentoring relationships with our players.”

In her one season as the head coach at Cornerstone, Powers’ team showed significant improvement, posting a record of 15-10 and tying for the area title. The winning record marked the first for the young program.

Prior to her stint at Cornerstone, Powers spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Samford.

She joined the Samford coaching staff for the 2012-13 season, and in her first season on the staff, Powers handled all aspects of the team’s road trips, including lodging and meals. She also worked with the strength and conditioning coaches on coordinating the team’s strength and conditioning program.

She earned a promotion following her first season with the program. In her new position, she was involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting and on the court coaching.

Powers played four seasons for the Bulldogs, serving as a point guard prior to getting into coaching. She finished her playing career ranking seventh in school history in games played (122) and ninth in assists (187).

Powers was a key member of two teams that won Southern Conference Tournament titles, and earned NCAA Tournament bids. Overall, she helped the Bulldogs to the program’s first three national postseason tournament bids, as the Bulldogs earned a bid to the WNIT following her sophomore season in 2010.

In addition to her accomplishments on the court, Powers performed well in the classroom as well. She was named to the SoCon’s Academic Honor Roll in each of the last three years, and she was a three-time member of the school’s Dean’s List as well.

Powers, a native of Decatur, Ala., graduated Cum Laude with a degree in family studies and child development education from Samford in the spring of 2012.


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