PHOENIX, April 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Grand Canyon University will be adding another high-profile local hero to its basketball coaching ranks as the school introduces its new women's basketball coach at a news conference at noon MST Tuesday. GCU President Brian Mueller and Vice President of Athletics Mike Vaught will be on hand to introduce the Lopes' newest head coach.
Like Phoenix Suns legend Dan Majerle, who heads the GCU men's basketball program, the new women's coach is well-known in the Phoenix community and brings impressive credentials to the position.
Mueller said the University's academic track record and reputation among regulatory bodies, as well as its raised athletic profile, made the opening attractive to coaches across the country. GCU recently had twice as many winter sport student-athletes honored as Academic All-WAC selections than any other school in the conference. The University also has had three Academic All-Americans within the past year, the softball team had the highest GPA among all NCAA Division I schools in 2016, and its student-athletes carry a cumulative 3.33 GPA.
"The success of our athletic teams on and off the playing field, the atmosphere on campus and our impending postseason eligibility are part of what attracts coaches," Mueller said. "But the prospective coaches we met with were equally impressed with the academic standing of the University. We've gone through an unprecedented period of regulatory achievement in the past nine months with our major accrediting bodies, including a comprehensive NCAA Division I transition process. That level of excellence attracted some very impressive coaching candidates in our nationwide search."
Media should park in the 33rd Avenue garage, located at the main entrance of Grand Canyon University (33rd Avenue & Camelback Road). Members of the GCU Athletic Communications staff will be on hand to direct media to the Student Union.
The press conference will also be streamed live on GCU.TV.
WHO: President Brian Mueller, VP of Athletics Mike Vaught, new women's basketball head coach
WHAT: Press conference introducing GCU's women's basketball head coach
WHEN: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at noon MST
WHERE: Grand Canyon University Arena Student Union, Second Floor (3300 W. Camelback Road)
About Grand Canyon University: Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona's premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers more than 200 academic programs for both traditional undergraduate students and working professionals. The University's curriculum emphasizes interaction with classmates, both in-person and online, and individual attention from instructors while fusing academic rigor with Christian values to help students find their purpose and become skilled, caring professionals. For more information, visit gcu.edu.
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