Nicki Collen Biography

Nicki Collen (née Taggart) is an America-based basketball coach and is currently holding the position of head coach for the women’s basketball team at Baylor University.

Early Life

Nicki Collen was born on May 13, 1975, in Indiana and her family relocated to Platteville, Wisconsin when she was 10 years old. Although Collen doesn’t reveal the names of her parents, she says that her father was an accountant. He was promoted from assistant controller to controller to CFO to CEO, and the family had to follow his natural progression, shifting from one place to another.

While living in Wisconsin, Collen went to basketball camps with Bo Ryan. the family had to relocate due to her father’s financial progress from Ohio to Indiana and from Indiana to Wisconsin. Collen played at Purdue University and Marquette University. While being a collegiate with Purdue, she reached the final four in her freshman season (1993 to 1994). Also, she played all four years of NCAA Tournaments.

Nicki Collen Career

Playing Career

Nicki Collen began her education and playing career at Purdue University. At that time, she was involved in a team that won back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 1994 and 1995 along with the winning Big 10 Championships. When she was going through her junior year, she was transferred to Marquette, where her presence on the team led the team to appear in consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Being there, she earned all-conference honors and earned the honor of being called third nationally in assists during her senior season. After completing her college career, she spent one year playing professional basketball in Greece with BCM Alexandros.

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Coaching Career

Nicki Collen started her coaching career at Colorado State as an assistant. She was then hired by Ball State, Louisville, and Arkansas and was then moved to Florida Gulf Coast. Being at Florida Gulf Coast, she helped the team score a historic record of 31–3. Collen received her coaching under Curt Miller with the Connecticut Sun after she was done with her college assistant responsibilities. That time, she helped the Sun achieve a record-making score of 21-13 in 2017. On 30th October 2017, Collen was announced to be the new head coach of Atlanta Dream taking over the place of Michael Cooper.

Coaching Career Timeline

  • 2001 to 2003 Colorado State assistant
  • 2003 Ball State assistant
  • 2003 to 2005 Louisville assistant
  • 2011 to 2014 Arkansas assistant
  • 2014 to 2015 Florida Gulf Coast assistant
  • 2015 to 2017 Connecticut Sun assistant
  • 2018 to 2020 Atlanta Dream head coach
  • 2021 Till Date Baylor head coach

Nicki Collen Biography

Real Name Nicki Collen
Birth Date 13 May 1975
Age (as of 2023) 47 Years
Birth Place Indiana, United States
Profession Basketball Coach
College Baylor University
Qualification Graduate

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 8” – in Centimeters – 172 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 65 kg  –  in Pounds –  143 lbs
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue



Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Who is her husband? Tom Collen 
Children Three (Connor, Reese, & Logan)
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Personal Life

Collen is a happy-living married woman with a husband and three children. Her husband’s name is Tom Collen (in full-Thomas Duane Collen, who was most recently the women’s basketball head coach at the University of Arkansas). The couple has together given birth to three children- Connor, Reese, and Logan. The couple met each other when Tom Collen was still an assistant at Colorado State. They tied the knot in 2001 and then Nicki Collen served her responsibilities of assistant at Louisville and Arkansas.

Social Media

Nicki Collen has got a Wikipedia page on her name. She is available with an official account on Instagram with the handle name – @coachnickic. On her Instagram profile, she has got 8,611 followers with only 743 posts. She is also available on Twitter with her name – @NickiCollen. You can catch her posting the Baylor family and her team standing behind her huge career!

Nicki Collen Net Worth

Nicki Collen is surely earning as high as $5 million. She is maintaining her coaching career since 2001 and we assume that she might be earning millions.


  • Nicki used to play at least four different sports in her college. It included volleyball, basketball, softball, and club soccer.

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