Collen new women's basketball coach

Vanderbilt has hired Colorado State coach Tom Collen as its new women's basketball coach to replace Jim Foster.

Collen, with a career coaching record of 129-33, has led the Rams of the Mountain West Conference to postseason appearances in each of his five seasons, including NCAA tournament berths in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002. The 2001-02 Rams went 24-7, losing to Tulane in the NCAA Tournament.

Collen also has SEC experience. Before taking the head job at Colorado State, he served four years as an assistant at Arkansas under Gary Blair. He has also been an assistant at Purdue, Utah and Miami (Ohio).

At Colorado State Collen's wife, Nicki Collen, served as an assistant coach on Collen's staff. Nicki was recruited as a player by Collen while he was an assistant coach at Purdue. She played at both Purdue and Marquette.

The Vanderbilt women's basketball coaching job opened up on April 6, when Jim Foster accepted the head coaching job at Ohio State. All three of Foster's former assistants at Vanderbilt have also accepted positions at Ohio State.


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