Sheronda Powell, United States Olympic Sports Festival North team alternative, is the new head coach for Doane Women’s Basketball.
She accepted the position on July 21, 2019.
Athletic Director Matt Franzen said Powell left a positive mark after the first phone call in the interviewing process.
“Honestly, the first thing I noticed was her energy,” Franzen said. “To me, she fit in at Doane because she talked a lot about how important forming relationships are, including outside of the basketball program.”
During her time playing at Michigan State University, Powell was an All-American Candidate her senior year in 1993, MSU Freshman athlete of the year, and a two-time All-Big 10 selection.
The awards came with her love of the game, Powell said. Her dream was to show the world what talent they had and to represent MSU and her coaching staff well.
Powell’s attitude while she was a player echoes her ambition and passion for Doane.
“I want to teach the love of basketball and the beauty of the game,” Powell said. “I want to be the best coach for this university and make an impact on the court and overall.”
Powell said she has the goal of being nationally ranked within the next two years, “giving them the business.”
Having experience in coaching many different levels of basketball along with being a decorated player herself, Powell brings great talent to the team.
Franzen said he talked to some of the coaches Powell coached under. They all had very positive things to say about her ability to coach, he said.
Powell came to Crete from Michigan with her husband of 28 years. Powell grew up with a younger sister and an older brother who is now deceased.
“I learned the biggest, greatest lesson from someone leaving this earth,” Powell said. “Value life, time is short, and work hard.”
Powell was working at General Motors before her coaching career started.
Never knowing she had the desire to be a coach, one day she heard it from God that it was her calling, Powell said.
She never looked back.
The first coaching experience she had was at Wayne in Michigan in 1993. Coach Powell said she fell in love with it.
“Adjusting to a whole new coaching staff my senior year has been an easy adjustment,” senior basketball player Baily Zarybnicky said. “All three of them are very passionate about basketball and have a lot of knowledge about the game.”
Along with Powell, the assistant coach and graduate assistant are first-year coaches here at Doane.
Marissa Webb is the assistant coach from Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Webb had Powell as a coach at Three Rivers College during her first two years. She then played at William Woods University in 2014-2016. Webb had the highest three-point shooting percentage on both basketball teams during college.
Webb said she remembers how much fun she had every day while playing for Powell.
“Coming to Doane has been the smoothest transition to any university,” Webb said. “That is because of the people here, everyone is looking to help.”
Daymarcco Green is a graduate assistant from Upland, California.
Green played basketball at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA during his first two years. Green won two conference championships in 2017/18 and 2018/19 during the time he played at Mayville State University.
Powell is gracious for the ability to talk to God in every phase of her life, especially in the part of getting her to Doane, she said.
“I want to do the best job for Him first, and then the team and the school and the community,” Powell said.