Staff
Head Coach
Wendy Schuller

Wendy Schuller was hired as the seventh head coach in Eastern Washington University women’s basketball history prior to the 2001-02 season. The start of the 2019-20 season begins Schuller’s 19th season at the helm.

Eastern has advanced to the Big Sky Conference Tournament in 15 of Schuller’s 18 seasons as head coach, including the past nine campaigns. She also guided EWU to its first-ever bid to the WNIT following the 2009-10 season before taking the Eagles back to the prestigious invitational at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season and again in 2014-15. During the 2009-10 season, Schuller led the Eagles to its first-ever Big Sky regular-season title and she was named Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year. In 2016-17, the Eagles advances to the second round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational for the first time in program history.

Under Schuller’s tutelage, players have earned a total of 49 All-Big Sky awards while Julie Piper and Brianne Ryan received Big Sky Player of the Year honors in 2010 and 2012, respectively. She also coached Julie Page to the program’s first-ever Big Sky Newcomer of the Year honor in 2004. In 2013, Eagle Hayley Hodgins become the first player to earn Big Sky Freshman of the Year accolades in twenty years before her sister, Delaney Hodgins, earned the honor in 2015.

Schuller has also established EWU Women’s Basketball as one of the nation’s top academic programs in her time in Cheney. The Eagles have earned a spot on the prestigious Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Honor Roll in 16 of Schuller’s 17 seasons in charge. Eastern has been among the top five academic teams in the country in eight of those 16 years, including the 2003-04 campaign when it led the nation with a 3.63 grade point average.

2018-19, 18th Season: The 13-20 overall record (9-11 in conference play) doesn’t show the historical season that Schuller led the Eagles to. After earning a No. 6 seed for the conference tournament, the Eagles upset Weber State, Idaho State and Northern Colorado all in thrilling fashion to advance to the first Big Sky Championship game in Schuller’s tenure, finishing as the runner ups to Portland State.

Violet Kapri Morrow became the 18th member of Eastern’s 1,000-point club and ended her career seventh on Eastern’s all-time scoring list with 1,357 points, earning Second-Team All-Big Sky honors. Freshman Grace Kirscher was named Honorable Mention while Uriah Howard earned the program’s first Top Reserve of the Year award. The Eagles finished the season ranked in the top-fifty nationally in three-point field goals per game with an average of 8.3.

2017-18, 17th Season: Schuller’s squad posted 12 wins in conference play for the sixth time in a row, the only Big Sky school to do so. Delaney Hodgins became Eastern Washington’s new all-time leading scorer on Feb. 1 and became the first male or female EWU basketball player to eclipse 2,000 points. She also set a new BSC single-game record with 46 points against Northern Arizona. She was named to the First-Team All-Big Sky while Violet Kapri Morrow was named to the third team after averaging 17.1 points per game during conference play. On Jan. 20, Schuller coached in her 500th game at home against Southern Utah and picked up career with No. 250 on the road against Montana, only the fifth time in program history a team has beaten the Griz in Montana.

2016-17, 16th Season: Schuller coached the Eagles to a 19-14 overall record during the 2016-17 season. EWU finished fourth in the Big Sky Conference standings and made it to the tournament for the seventh year in a row. Schuller led the team to their first-ever bid in the Women’s Basketball Invitational where they made it to the second round with a 66-62 overtime victory over Texas State. Schuller coached a trio of Eagles to All-Big Sky honors, as Delaney Hodgins (first team), Tisha Phillips (second team) and Ashli Payne (honorable mention) all earned conference recognition.

2015-16, 15th Season: Schuller led the team to a second-place finish in the Big Sky Conference, its best finish since 2009-10 when they finished first. After posting a 20-12 overall record, the Eagles returned to the Big Sky Tournament for the sixth consecutive year. Schuller coached Hayley and Delaney Hodgins to All-Big Sky honors, with Hayley earning first team honors and Delaney receiving second team recognition.

2014-15, 14th Season: Schuller coached Lexie Nelson and Hodgins to All-Big Sky honors with Nelson receiving first team accolades while Hodgins earned honorable mention recognition. The Eagles returned to the Big Sky Tournament for the fifth consecutive year and landed nine student-athletes on the Big Sky All-Academic Team.

Assistant Coach & Camp Director
Bryce Currie

Bryce Currie was hired in June of 2014 by head coach Wendy Schuller. The Spokane native and Ferris High School graduate brought 12 seasons of experience as a coach and staff member across various levels of women’s basketball, ranging from middle school to Division I. The start of the 2019-20 season begins his sixth year on staff at Eastern Washington.

In his first season at EWU, Currie helped guide the Eagles to the winningest season in school history, which included the program’s first ever post-season win, a victory over Washington State University in the WNIT. In 2017, the Eagles advanced to the second-round of the WBI for the first time in program history.

Since 2014, Currie has assisted in coaching one Big Sky Freshman of the Year in Delaney Hodgins, five All-Big Sky First-Team members, five Second-Team selections and five Honorable Mentions in addition to the 2018-19 Big Sky Top-Reserve of the Year.

Additionally, Eastern’s all-time scoring record has been broken twice during Currie’s tenure and the Eagles have posted an overall record of 90-72 including a 58-34 mark in Big Sky play. The Eagles have earned at least a No. 4 seed for the conference championships and finished with a winning record in four out of his five complete seasons.

Currie assists in an array of duties including recruiting, opponent scouting and game-planning, post player development, community relations, and summer camps.

He spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Florida Southern, coordinating the team's academic program while managing the booster club and working with opponent scouting, post player development and strength and conditioning.

Prior to his stay in Lakeland, Florida, Currie was a graduate assistant coach at Nebraska from 2010-12, assisting with recruiting while serving as the director of the program's individual and team camps. His first coaching stint came in Tempe, Arizona, where he spent two seasons with Arizona State's women's program as a graduate assistant. His duties included the coordination of fundraising and promotions as well as social media.

Currie earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Washington in 2008 while working as a women’s basketball team manager, then went on to earn a master's in higher education from Arizona State in 2010. He received his second master's degree, this time in educational administration, from Nebraska in 2012.

Currie and his wife, Amanda, reside in Cheney.

Assistant Coach
Cody Bench

Cody Bench was hired by Wendy Schuller in July of 2018 after previously serving as the head coach at University of Alaska Fairbanks for seven seasons. The start of the 2019-20 season begins her second year on staff.

During her first season in 2018-19, the Eagles posted an overall record of 13-20 (9-11 in conference play), but advanced all the way to the Big Sky Conference Championship game after earning a No. 6 seed for the tournament.

Violet Kapri Morrow became the 18th member of Eastern’s 1,000-point club and ended her career seventh on Eastern’s all-time scoring list with 1,357 points, earning Second-Team All-Big Sky honors. Freshman Grace Kirscher was named Honorable Mention while Uriah Howard earned the program’s first Top Reserve of the Year award. The Eagles finished the season ranked in the top-fifty nationally in three-point field goals per game with an average of 8.3.

Prior to Eastern Washington, Bench served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Wenatchee Valley College during the 2017-18 season. Before that, she was the head coach at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 2010 to 2017. Bench led the Nanooks to 53 wins during her seven seasons, including the first-ever .500 season (14-14) in 2014-15. Bench helped the Nanooks improve from a one-win season in 2010-11 to averaging 13 wins per season during her final three years in Alaska.

Under Bench’s tutelage, the Nanooks recorded three-straight double-digit winning seasons from 2014-16 for the first time in program history, including setting the program’s single-season record for most Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) wins in a single-season with nine in 2016-17.

During her time, Bench coached two Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, four All-GNAC selections and six All-GNAC Academic Team selections. She also recruited four-time All-GNAC selection Jordan Wilson, who finished her career third on the program’s all-time scoring list with over 1,700 points.

Bench is no stranger to Alaska Fairbanks as she competed for the Nanooks from 2002 to 2005 and led the GNAC in scoring from 2003 to 2005.

She has also spent time as an assistant coach at William Woods University, where she helped lead the team to the NAIA National Tournament with an overall record of 21-10, and Moberly Area Community College. Bench graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resources Management from Alaska Fairbanks in 2005 and her Master’s of Education in Athletic and Activities Administration from William Woods in 2009.

Assistant Coach
Nakia Arquette

Arquette begins her second season as an assistant coach in 2019-20 after serving as the EWU women’s basketball director of operations during the 2017-18 season.

During her first season in 2018-19, the Eagles posted an overall record of 13-20 (9-11 in conference play), but advanced all the way to the Big Sky Conference Championship game after earning a No. 6 seed for the tournament.

Violet Kapri Morrow became the 18th member of Eastern’s 1,000-point club and ended her career seventh on Eastern’s all-time scoring list with 1,357 points, earning Second-Team All-Big Sky honors. Freshman Grace Kirscher was named Honorable Mention while Uriah Howard earned the program’s first Top Reserve of the Year award. The Eagles finished the season ranked in the top-fifty nationally in three-point field goals per game with an average of 8.3.

As the director of operations, she assisted in the day-to-day operations for the team and helped coach the Eagles to a first-round bye and No. 3 seed at the Big Sky Conference Tournament after being predicted to finish sixth. Eastern Washington capped off the regular season on a four-game win streak and it marked the seventh year in a row that EWU has wrapped up conference play with at least 12 wins, and the eighth with at least 10.

Arquette, a Spokane native, is still pursuing her Master’s degree in education literacy at Eastern Washington. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, along with a minor in human development and an endorsement in ESL from the University of Utah, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team for four years.

At Utah, Arquette appeared in 60 games. Unfortunately, multiple knee injuries hindered her collegiate career. She made all PAC-12 Academic Honorable mention two years in a row.

Arquette graduated from Lewis and Clark High School where she averaged 15 pts, 9 rebounds, and shot 50-percent from the field. She helped lead Lewis and Clark to the 2011 state title with a 20-6 record. She also won the 2011 4A sportsmanship award and was a member of the Jack Blair Memorial Girls All-Star Classic in 2011 and 2012.