The 2021-22 season was pretty incredible for Columbia University women’s basketball. After not playing at all during the previous season when the Ivy League canceled sports due to the pandemic, the Columbia Lions returned to the court with a vengeance. Abbey Hsu and Kaitlyn Davis both earned All-Ivy honors, the first time in program history that multiple Columbia players earned such honors in back-to-back seasons. 

Expectations for the 2022-23 season are high. The coaching staff has been out recruiting to keep adding to this growing program. In early July, it was announced that assistant coach Tyler Cordell has been elevated to associate head coach.

“I’m very excited. It was completely unexpected,” said Cordell, who has been on coach Megan Griffith’s staff for six years. “Coach G has been huge on not only celebrating loyalty and success but has been really good about taking care of her people.”

As the team’s recruiting coordinator, Cordell has been responsible for recruiting some of the Lions’ most prominent players, including Hsu. Griffith and Cordell had worked together at Princeton, and she saw the lack of attendance when they came to campus for games. Named head coach in 2016, Griffith spoke about the program’s potential. 

“For me, it was a no-brainer to join her and help her live out that mission to create a stable program that would be led the right way for our student-athletes, but also for our student-athletes to be ambassadors for the university,” said Cordell. “We put our heads down and went to work. We focused on recruiting and getting the right people here and developing those people.”

Over these past six years, the program grew from being a team near or at the bottom of the conference to a team that advanced to the final of the Ivy League Tournament and quarterfinals of the postseason WNIT. 

“Now, it’s all about sustaining success and growing to win a championship,” said Cordell, who is excited for the team’s upcoming international tour. “We are recruiters by nature. Megan is one of the best if not the best recruiter I’ve ever met. We try to recruit good people that could be great players. … We’re all about developing student-athletes and young women who are successful on and off the court.”

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