Tom Collen Adds Three New Staff Members

University of Louisville women's basketball coach Tom Collen announced the hires on Tuesday afternoon.

University of Louisville women's basketball coach Tom Collen announced the hiring of Zenarae Pieters Antoine, Greg Collins, and Fran Bell on Tuesday. They join Nicki Collen on the coaching staff.

Pieters Antoine comes to Louisville after two seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio University under head coach Lynn Bria. She also served one season as an assistant coach at College of Charleston and one year as a graduate assistant at Ohio University. Pieters Antoine was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for Colorado State from 1993-98.

Pieters Antoine played for Collen her senior year when she helped the Rams to a 24-6 record and a second-round appearance in the NCAA tournament. She also left as the third-leading shot blocker with 56 total blocks and the seventh-leading rebounder with 601 total rebounds. On the single-season CSU list, she ranked fifth in offensive rebounds with 74 and seventh in blocks with 23.

"I believe that Zenarae is a diamond in the rough," said Tom Collen. "She has the potential to be a top recruiter in the country. She has a great passion for this business and wants to be a head coach one day. Because she played for me, she knows what I am looking for in a player on and off the court."

Collins will move into an administrative position this season after serving as an assistant coach last season. Last season he served as the scouting coordinator and worked with the post players on the court. Prior to coming to Louisville, Collins served as an assistant athletic director at DuPont Manual High School. He was also the junior varsity head coach and assistant varsity coach.

The Lady Crimsons advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament in 2000 and recorded a runner-up finish in 2001. He also coaches the Derek Smith All-Stars AAU team.

"After being around Greg for six weeks in the interim basis I decided he was invaluable to the program," said Collen. "He has great contacts throughout the state from his coaching at DuPont Manual. He brings a great energy and personality to the staff. He is a tireless worker and his basketball knowledge warrants that he should be an associate coach, so he is a steal for us to have in this position."

Bell comes to Louisville after working with the WNIT as a site coordinator. She also served as an assistant soccer coach for the Fort Collins Force, a semi-pro soccer team, from 2000-01. While in Colorado she ran an acceleration program for speed and sports performance in Loveland.

She also formed Dynamic Sport Performance. Through Dynamic Sports Performance she served as a consultant for the 1996 U. S. Olympic Team Handball team in Atlanta, Ga.

"We are honored to have Fran on our staff full-time," said Collen. "There is not a more knowledgable person in the country in terms of conditioning, injury prevention and strength training. This is a unique position for us, one we have added unlike any other program in the country. She will also have a variety of responsibilities that were formerly associated with the director of basketball operations."


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