WACO, Texas – Vice President of Baylor University and Director of Interuniversity Athletics Mack Rhoades announced Monday that former Atlanta Dream head coach Nicki Collen will be named Baylor’s fifth head coach in women’s basketball history. Collen will be officially presented Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.
“Today is an exciting day for Baylor University and our women’s basketball program. Nicki is a passionate young female leader and elite basketball spirit and teacher of the game, ”said Rhoades. “It is an excellent mission which shares our vision of Preparing champions for life by commanding excellence on and off the pitch. Nicki’s professional experience will be invaluable in developing players for the next level. Its addition confirms our commitment to the women’s basketball program at the highest level. We welcome Nicki, her husband Tom and her children, Connor, Reese and Logan, to the Baylor family. ”
Collen comes to Baylor from the WNBA franchise from Atlanta, where she spent the last three seasons at the helm of The Dream. Her rookie season in Atlanta ended in a 23-11 season in 2018, where she won WNBA Coach of the Year honors and helped the franchise advance to the playoff semifinals. WNBA playoffs.
Prior to arriving in Atlanta, she spent two seasons under Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller, helping the franchise move from fifth in the East Division to second from 2016 to 2017, respectively.
“I am delighted to be the head coach of Baylor University. I believe this is the most important position in the country for women’s basketball, ”said Collen. “I am delighted to begin working with this extremely talented team and I am grateful for the continued support of President Livingstone and Mack Rhoades. The success of this program speaks for itself, and I will start working today to ensure that Baylor women’s basketball continues to be a program that excels at the highest levels. ”
Collen’s college coaching career spanned nine seasons before he came to the WNBA. She spent two seasons as an assistant in Colorado State from 2000 to 2002, one season at Ball State from 2002 to 2003, one in Louisville from 2003 to 2004, three in Arkansas from 2011 to 2014 and two in Florida Gulf Coast from 2014 to 2016..
Her teams’ combined record in nine seasons as an assistant in NCAA Division I was 214-74, good for a 0.743 win percentage. As an assistant, Collen guided four different teams to the NCAA tournament, reaching the second round in three of those seasons.
She spent six of her nine seasons as an assistant under her husband, Tom Collen’s head coach terms in Colorado State, Louisville and Arkansas. She was also disciplined under Tracy Roller at Ball State and Karl Smesko at Florida Gulf Coast, who has the third-highest active winning percentage in Division I. her two-year tenure.
In his nine seasons at the college level, Collen coached three All-Americans and saw three players selected in the WNBA Draft.
“We are delighted that Nicki is leading our women’s basketball program and look forward to welcoming her to the Baylor family,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. “I appreciate the work of Mack Rhoades and his team in identifying our next coach who understands our commitment to an elite program, aligns with Baylor’s Christian mission, and appreciates how we prepare champions for life at our university. After visiting Coach Collen personally, I can’t wait to see her and our student-athletes who represent our great university on the field and inside the classroom as well as throughout the community. Waco.
Collen’s college playing career began at Purdue in 1993-94, when the Boilermakers made an NCAA Final Four round with an overall record of 29-5 and a 16-2 rating in the Big Ten. His second season, Purdue made another deep run with an appearance in Elite Eight to go with an overall record of 24-8. She transferred to Marquette, where she has collected 421 assists in her last two seasons, averaging 7.0 per game in her last 60 college games. She helped the Golden Eagles appear in back-to-back NCAA tournament games in 1997 and 1998.
Nicki and her husband Tom have three children, Connor, Reese and Logan.
• WNBA COACH OF THE YEAR 2018
• JULY 2018 WNBA COACH OF THE MONTH
• AUGUST 2018 WNBA COACH OF THE MONTH
All-Americans College Coach
2002 Angie Gorton State of Colorado
2004 Sara Nord Louisville
2016 Whitney Knight Gulf Coast Florida
College-trained WNBA draft picks
2003 Tamara Bowie Washington
2012 C’eira Ricketts Phoenix
2016 Whitney Knight à Los Angeles
WNBA All-Star Coach
2017 Jasmine Thomas Connecticut
2017 Alyssa Thomas Connecticut
2018 Angel McCoughtry Atlanta
WNBA record as Collen’s head coach, year by year
Year Franchise Conference OVRL Post-saison
Demi-finales 2018 Atlanta Eastern 23-11 WNBA
2019 Atlanta East 8-26
2020 Atlanta East 7-15
3 Season Totals 38-52 1 Appearance
Collen’s WNBA Assistant-Coaching record, year by year
Year Franchise Conference OVRL Post-saison
2016 Connecticut East 14-20
2017 Connecticut Eastern 21-13 WNBA Second round
Totals 3 seasons 35-33 1 Appearance
Collen’s Collegiate Assistant Coaches Review, Year by Year
Year School Position OVRL CONF Post-season
2000-01 Colorado State Assistant Coach 25-7 10-4 NCAA-Second
2001-02 Colorado State Assistant Coach 24-7 12-2 NCAA-First
2002-03 Ball State Assistant Coach 18-8 12-4 WNIT-Second
2003-04 Louisville Assistant Coach 20-10 11-3 WNIT-First
2011-12 Arkansas Assistant Coach 24-9 10-6 NCAA-Second
2012-13 Arkansas Assistant Coach 20-13 6-10 WNIT-Second
2013-14 Arkansas Assistant Coach 19-11 6-10
2014-15 Florida Gulf Coast Entraîneur adjoint 31-3 14-0 NCAA-Second
2015-16 Florida Gulf Coast Entraîneur adjoint 33-6 14-0 WNIT-Finals
Totals 9 seasons 214-74 95-39 8 appearances