Pohlman announces Drake women’s basketball coaching staff
Drake women's basketball coach Allison Pohlman announced her coaching staff Tuesday. Assistant coach Nicci Hays Fort and Director of Basketball Operations Cortni Rush will remain on the staff while Pohlman also announced the hiring of Kayla Karius as an assistant coach.
“Nicci possesses a relentless work ethic and cares deeply about the women and everyone involved in our program,” said Pohlman. "She loves being involved and having her at Drake makes this program even more special. Cortni brings a fantastic perspective as a former student-athlete at Drake. She is eager, wanting to learn and always available to do anything for our program. Her loyalty to Drake and this program is off the charts.”
Hays Fort joined the Bulldogs’ program before the 2016-17 season while Rush, who played at Drake from 2014-17, returned to her alma mater for the 2018-19 season.
Karius comes to Drake after three seasons on the coaching staff at the University of Wisconsin, including the associate head coach and the Badgers' recruiting coordinator for her final season.
“Kayla is relationship-driven with a championship mindset,” Pohlman said. “Success has found her as a student-athlete, professional and in her coaching career. Her competitive spirit and work ethic are unmatched. Kayla has very well-established relationships in the Midwest and we are ecstatic to have her and her family at Drake. She is a great fit for our community and our program.”
Before her time in Madison, Wis., Karius spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of South Dakota. Before her two seasons with the Coyotes, Karius was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at the University of Sioux Falls for one season.
Karius (formerly Tetschlag) had an outstanding playing career for the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, helping lead Green Bay to four Horizon League titles and three NCAA Tournaments, including to the Sweet 16 in 2011.
The Drake sports information department contributed this report.