Nicki Collen (née Taggart; born May 13, 1975) is an American basketball coach and is currently the head women's basketball coach at Baylor University.
|Born||May 13, 1975|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2001–2003||Colorado State (assistant)|
|2003||Ball State (assistant)|
|2014–2015||Florida Gulf Coast (assistant)|
|2015–2017||Connecticut Sun (assistant)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Collen began her playing career at Purdue, where she was on a team that made consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 1994 and 1995 and won consecutive Big 10 Championships. During her junior year, she transferred to Marquette, where she led the team to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. She earned all conference honors while at Marquette and was ranked third nationally in assists during her senior season. After her college career, Collen played one year of professional basketball in Greece with BCM Alexandros.
Collen began her coaching career at Colorado State as an assistant. After her tenure there, she was an assistant at Ball State, Louisville, and Arkansas, before moving to Florida Gulf Coast. While at Florida Gulf Coast, she helped the 2014–2015 team to a historic 31–3 record. Collen coached under Curt Miller with the Connecticut Sun after her time as a college assistant. Collen helped the Sun turn around from a 14–20 finish in 2016 to a 21–13 record in 2017.
Collen led the Dream to a slow start; posting a 2–2 record in May and a 5–6 record in June. June was an up and down month, with the team winning on the road against the Seattle Storm, but giving the Indiana Fever their second win of the season. July saw the team find its form. The Dream posted a 9–2 record, which was tied for the best record in the league. The run moved the team from 9th in the standings to 2nd. Collen led the team on an eight-game win streak including a perfect 4–0 record on the road. For her efforts, Collen was named WNBA Coach of the Month for July. Collen was again selected WNBA Coach of the Month in August. She led the Dream to a 7–1 record, which secured them the number 2 seed in the playoffs and a bye to the Semifinals. The team's only loss was to Phoenix on the road. The team finished with a 23–11 record, a franchise best.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|ATL||2018||34||23||11||.676||1st in East||5||2||3||.400||Lost in WNBA Semi-Finals|
|ATL||2019||34||8||26||.235||6th in East||—||—||—||—||Did Not Qualify|
|ATL||2020||22||7||15||.318||4th in East||—||—||—||—||Did Not Qualify|
|Baylor Bears (Big 12 Conference) (2021–present)|
|Baylor:||0–0 (–)||0–0 (–)|
Collen is married to basketball coach Tom Collen. The couple have three children. The two met when Tom hired her as his assistant at Colorado State. They married in 2001 and she served as his assistant at Louisville and Arkansas.
- Matt Foley (February 20, 2018). "Meet the Rookie WNBA Coach Who Is Married to the Game". ozy.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- Andres Focil. "Nicki Collen joins hoops staff". Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- "Nicki Collen Named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach". gocards.com. University of Louisville. April 1, 2003. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- "Nicki Collen". fgcuathletics.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- "Former Connecticut assistant Nicki Collen named Dream coach". usatoday.com. October 30, 2017. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- "Nicki Collen Named Atlanta Dream Head Coach". wnba.com. WNBA. October 30, 2017. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
- "Atlanta's Collen Named WNBA Coach Of The Month". wnba.com. WNBA. August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
- "Dream's Nicki Collen Named August Coach Of The Month". wnba.com. WNBA. August 20, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
- "Atlanta's Nicki Collen Named 2018 WNBA Coach Of The Year". wnba.com. WNBA. August 28, 2018. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
- "Baylor Welcomes Collen as Women's Basketball Head Coach". Baylor University Athletics. Retrieved 2021-05-04.