WACO, Texas – Vice President of Baylor University and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mac Rhodes announced on Monday that former Atlanta Dream coach Nicki Colin will be named the fifth head coach in the history of Baylor women’s basketball. Collen will be officially unveiled on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.
“Today is an exciting day for Baylor University and our women’s basketball program. Nikki is a passionate young women’s leader and elite basketball mind and game teacher,”
Colin came to Baylor from the WNBA franchise in Atlanta, where he spent the last three seasons at the helm of Dream. Her rookie in Atlanta led to the 23-11 season in 2018, where she won the WNBA Coach of the Year awards and helped the franchise reach the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs.
Prior to arriving in Atlanta, she spent two seasons under Coach Killer Miller of the Connecticut Sun, helping the franchise improve from fifth in the Eastern Division to second from 2016 to 2017, respectively.
“I’m glad to be a head coach at Baylor University. I believe this is the best job in the country for women’s basketball,” said Colin. “I am delighted to be working with this extremely talented team and I am grateful for the unwavering support of President Livingston and Mac Rhodes. 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 lasted nine seasons before her arrival at the WNBA. She spent two seasons as an assistant in Colorado from 2000-2002, one season at Ball State from 2002-2003, one in Louisville from 2003-2004, three in Arkansas from 2011-2014 and two in The Florida Gulf Coast from 2014-2016.
Her team’s combined nine-season record as an NCAA Division I assistant is 214-74, which is good for a 743 win percentage. As an assistant, Collen led 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 to her husband, Tom Colon’s head coach in Colorado, Louisville and Arkansas. She is also a student led by Tracy Roller at Ball State and Carl Smesco of the Florida Gulf Coast, who has the third highest active earnings rate in the NCAA Division I. Collen helped the FGCU program set a 64-9 record. and the NCAA’s first victory at the school in its two-year term.
In her nine seasons at college, Colin has coached three all-Americans and seen three players selected in the WNBA Draft.
“We are delighted that Nikki is leading our women’s basketball program and look forward to welcoming her to the Baylor family,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingston, Ph.D. “I appreciate the work of Mac Rhodes and his team in identifying our next coach, who understands our commitment to an elite program, aligns with Baylor’s Christian mission and appreciates the way we prepare champions for life at our university. Having personally visited with Coach Colin, I can’t wait to see her and our student athletes, as they represent our great university both on the court and in the classroom, as well as in the Waco community. “
Collen’s collegial gaming career began in Purdue in 1993-94, when boilermakers made the NCAA Final Four a 29-5 overall record and a 16-2 in the Big Ten. In his second season, Purdue made another deep run with the appearance of Elite Eight with a 24-8 record. She moved to Marquette, where she collected 421 assists in her last two seasons, averaging 7.0 per game in her last 60 collegiate games. She helped the Golden Eagles participate in two consecutive NCAA tournaments in 1997 and 1998.
Nikki and her husband Tom have three children, Connor, Reese and Logan.
• 2018 WNBA COACH OF THE YEAR
• JULY 2018 WNBA COACH OF THE MONTH
• AUGUST 2018 COACH AT WNBA OF THE MONTH
Trained collegiate Americans
|2016||Whitney Knight||Florida Bay Coast|
WNBA training offers trained in college
|2016||Whitney Knight||The angels|
WNBA star coach
Record of Collen’s WNBA Head-Coaching, year after year
|Total||3 seasons||38-52||1 Appearance|
Record of Collen’s WNBA assistant coach, every year
|2017||Connecticut||Eastern||21-13||WNBA second round|
|Total||3 seasons||35-33||1 Appearance|
Record of Colleniate Assistant Coaching for each year
|2002-03||Ball State||Assistant coach||18-8||12-4||WNIT-Second|
|2014-15||Florida Bay Coast||Assistant coach||31-3||14-0||NCAA-Second|
|2015-16||Florida Bay Coast||Assistant coach||33-6||14-0||WNIT Finals|
|Total||9 seasons||214-74||95-39||8 Appearances|