Former Atlanta Dream coach Nicki Collen will take over for Kim Mulkey in Waco.
“I am thrilled to be the head coach at Baylor University. I believe it is the top job in the country for women’s basketball,” Collen . “I am excited to begin working with this extremely talented team and I am grateful for the unwavering support of [university president Linda] Livingstone and [athletic director] Mack Rhoades. The success of this program speaks for itself, and I will begin working today to ensure Baylor women’s basketball continues to be a program that excels at the highest levels.”
Collen, 45, spent three seasons with the Dream and led the team to the semifinals during her first season at the helm and won the league’s Coach of the Year honors. She finished with a 38-52 overall record there, but went just 7-15 last season.
The news comes just two days before the Dreams’ first preseason game of the 2021 season. It’s now unclear who will coach that franchise this summer.
Collen spent nine seasons as an assistant at the collegiate level before taking the Dreams’ top job — six of which she did under her husband Tom Collen at Colorado State, Louisville and Arkansas. Collen also worked as an assistant on Curt Miller’s staff with the Connecticut Sun. The job at Baylor will be her first as a head coach in college.
“Nicki’s professional experience will be invaluable to developing players for the next level. Her addition sustains our commitment to the women’s basketball program at the highest level.”
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