Collen 'going to be me' taking over Baylor women's program

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Nicki Collen knows she has taken a different and more meandering path than a lot of coaches. The latest step to becoming coach of three-time national champion Baylor happened in a hurry.

"It hasn't been an even staircase to the top," Collen said Wednesday. "But I have a lot of experience, I have a lot of life experience, and so I bring a different things to the table. I'm a mom, I'm a wife, I'm all those things all of the time. And I'm also at a point in my life where I'm comfortable with who I am."

Collen was preparing for her fourth season as head coach of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream, even leading them through practice Monday before being named that night as the new coach for the Baylor program that Kim Mulkey built into a national power the past 21 years until returning to her home state as LSU's coach. The Lady Bears were national champs in 2005, 2012 and 2019, and won the Big 12 regular-season title each of the past 11 seasons.


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