Cordell joined Princeton after spending the 2011-12 season as a graduate assistant with the Ithaca College women's basketball program. She assisted the reigning Empire 8 champions with player development, film exchange and breakdown, recruiting and scouting. The Bombers went on to win the most games in program history at 24-5 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
A 2011 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Cordell was a four-year letterwinner on the women's basketball team. A three-year captain, she earned All-NCAC First Team honors three times. In 2009, the Bishops won the NCAC Tournament and Cordell earned tournament MVP honors. She concluded her career as the all-time assist leader in program history with 495 and is in the Bishops' all-time top-10 in points scored with 1,507.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Cordell graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in 2011 with a dual degree in sociology and sport management. She earned her master's in sport management from Ithaca in 2012.