July 23, 1998
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State University women's basketball coach Karen Langeland announced today the hiring of former Spartan player Christine Powers as an assistant coach. Powers replaces Cheryl Dozier, who resigned in June to become the head basketball coach at the University at Buffalo. Powers will officially begin her duties at MSU on Aug. 17.
"I'm thrilled that Chris is joining our staff," Langeland said. "As a coach, Chris displays the same enthusiasm and competitive drive that she did as a player. Her knowledge of our program and the Big Ten will make her a real asset to our program."
Powers, a native of Wheaton, Md., spent the last two seasons at Central Michigan, first as a graduate assistant (1996-97) and last season as a full-time assistant for Chippewa mentor Fran Voll. At MSU her responsibilities will include working with the Spartan guards and scouting.
"I'm really excited to be returning to Michigan State," Powers said. "Working for Karen and coaching in the Big Ten is a tremendous opportunity for me and I'm looking forward to it."
Powers played for Langeland from 1992-95, closing out her career as the school's all-time leader in assists with 460. She is one of just two players (Brenda Jezowski) in MSU history to serve as team captain three times.
An honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore, Powers is the first of Langeland's former players to serve on the MSU coaching staff. Powers still ranks among the top 10 all-time in games played (109), free throw percentage (.788), three-point field goals (144), three-point field goal attempts (380) and three-point field goal percentage (.379).
Powers graduated from Michigan State in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, she is currently working on a master's degree in athletic administration at Central Michigan.