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PostPosted: 10/26/17 1:15 pm    ::: Nicki Collen ‘a top candidate’ for Dream head coach Reply Reply with quote

https://summitthoops.com/2017/10/26/atlanta-dream-coach-nicki-collen/



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PostPosted: 10/26/17 1:18 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Hey, I guess I'm a mover and shaker. Good choice!



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PostPosted: 10/26/17 1:28 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Collen was an assistant at Louisville when Angel McCoughtry was recruited



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PostPosted: 10/26/17 1:51 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I wonder if Tom would be one of her assistants?


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This is the last vacancy, correct? I guess Vickie Johnson won't be coaching in the W unless she's an assistant somewhere.



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PostPosted: 10/26/17 2:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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This is the last vacancy, correct? I guess Vickie Johnson won't be coaching in the W unless she's an assistant somewhere.


Would you want her as a head coach over Katie Smith?



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This is the last vacancy, correct? I guess Vickie Johnson won't be coaching in the W unless she's an assistant somewhere.


Would you want her as a head coach over Katie Smith?


No. Just knowing she apparently applied for the Atlanta position and isn't getting it. Just wanted to make sure no other head coaching vacancies existed.



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Is there any truth to this story? I mean, it was this same website that said curt miller was going back to coaching college after his first season with the Sun. I find that website, summit hoops to be mostly bogus.


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Is there any truth to this story? I mean, it was this same website that said curt miller was going back to coaching college after his first season with the Sun. I find that website, the summit, to be mostly bogus.


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Ay Mate wrote:
Is there any truth to this story? I mean, it was this same website that said curt miller was going back to coaching college after his first season with the Sun. I find that website, summit hoops to be mostly bogus.


I think you might be confusing Summitt Hoops with Swish Appeal. Megdal owns Summitt Hoops and has broke some of the bigger stories.



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Shades wrote:
Ay Mate wrote:
Is there any truth to this story? I mean, it was this same website that said curt miller was going back to coaching college after his first season with the Sun. I find that website, summit hoops to be mostly bogus.


I think you might be confusing Summitt Hoops with Swish Appeal. Megdal owns Summitt Hoops and has broke some of the bigger stories.


I’m pretty sure it was Summitt Hoops who made up the story about Curt Miller leaving the Sun to re-coach college.


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Shades wrote:
Ay Mate wrote:
Is there any truth to this story? I mean, it was this same website that said curt miller was going back to coaching college after his first season with the Sun. I find that website, summit hoops to be mostly bogus.


I think you might be confusing Summitt Hoops with Swish Appeal. Megdal owns Summitt Hoops and has broke some of the bigger stories.


He's broken a couple, but he also takes credit for things that local beat writers have actually broken. Also, speculative articles that happen to come true are more gossip than actual journalism.


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PostPosted: 10/27/17 1:58 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Ay Mate wrote:
Shades wrote:
Ay Mate wrote:
Is there any truth to this story? I mean, it was this same website that said curt miller was going back to coaching college after his first season with the Sun. I find that website, summit hoops to be mostly bogus.


I think you might be confusing Summitt Hoops with Swish Appeal. Megdal owns Summitt Hoops and has broke some of the bigger stories.


I’m pretty sure it was Summitt Hoops who made up the story about Curt Miller leaving the Sun to re-coach college.


It was Swish Appeal.

https://www.swishappeal.com/2017/4/3/15162934/sources-usc-interviews-curt-miller-wnba-ncaaw


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PostPosted: 10/27/17 2:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Ay Mate wrote:
Is there any truth to this story? I mean, it was this same website that said curt miller was going back to coaching college after his first season with the Sun. I find that website, the summit, to be mostly bogus.


There might be some truth to it but it also might be "people the Dream are interested in." The guy does talk to a few people but I feel he jumps to conclusions or massages the information to make it fit the type of article he wants to write. He's a writer, not a journalist.

Collen's name has been batted around for a while along with Katie Smith's as deserving of a head coach position so it wouldn't surprise me if she ends up with an offer.


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PostPosted: 10/27/17 6:33 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Nerd2 wrote:
Ay Mate wrote:
Is there any truth to this story? I mean, it was this same website that said curt miller was going back to coaching college after his first season with the Sun. I find that website, the summit, to be mostly bogus.


There might be some truth to it but it also might be "people the Dream are interested in." The guy does talk to a few people but I feel he jumps to conclusions or massages the information to make it fit the type of article he wants to write. He's a writer, not a journalist.

Collen's name has been batted around for a while along with Katie Smith's as deserving of a head coach position so it wouldn't surprise me if she ends up with an offer.


Well, I emailed Collen and straight up asked her, and she never replied like she usually does when I chat to her so I’m assuming it’s true that she is up for the job and most likely going to get it or else she’d probably say no, she’s not up for it and isn’t going to get it. Good for her if she gets the job, not good for the Sun because the players love her and I’m guessing that she’s more the brains of the Sun coaching outfit.


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PostPosted: 10/28/17 2:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Collen's name has been batted around for a while


Nerd, you've actually surprisingly been giving me credit for things lately, so don't stop now. I am the ONLY one who has brought Collen up as a coaching prospect at this site. You could hear crickets chirp whenever I did bring her up, so people aren't seeing it for some reason. Not sure where else you've seen it, other than maybe Megdal's journalistic article where he comes up with a bunch of candidates for the SEA job, and happened to mention a bunch of assistants and didn't have Collen as a particular favorite. He did have Hughes as a retread possibility for SEA, so one his many darts managed to hit the board.

Maybe I missed it but I don't recall Megdal doing such an article for the ATL head coaching job. It probably would have been a rehash of his SEA article, but he missed an opportunity to point out why ATL would be a desirable destination to Collen.

Collen as head coach #1: http://boards.rebkell.net/viewtopic.php?t=92116&start=46 (pointing out she was whiteboarding in in the Sun huddle)
Colleen as head coach #2: http://boards.rebkell.net/viewtopic.php?t=92290&start=13 (suggested her for SEA)
Colleen as head coach #3: http://boards.rebkell.net/viewtopic.php?t=89451&start=432 (suggested her for ATL)

The post about Megdal's many coaching prospects for SEA
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If she does get hired I hope there is a DNS podcast as was the case with the Seattle hiring. I'm sure the fans will have plenty of questions. I know I do.



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I'm sure the fans will have plenty of questions. I know I do.


What questions do you have?

I guess she's a defensive specialist.



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Shades wrote:
Randy wrote:
I'm sure the fans will have plenty of questions. I know I do.


What questions do you have?

I guess she's a defensive specialist.


She was basically in charge of the Sun’s defense the last two years. The Sun’s defense was the teams biggest weakness the last two years.


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Ay Mate wrote:
Shades wrote:
Randy wrote:
I'm sure the fans will have plenty of questions. I know I do.


What questions do you have?

I guess she's a defensive specialist.


She was basically in charge of the Sun’s defense the last two years. The Sun’s defense was the teams biggest weakness the last two years.


I though you said she was the brains of the outfit. Now you are saying she is responsible for their poor defense.

As for questions - what will she bring that is different to the team? What does this team need to have a winning season? Will she be GM or in charge of player personnel decisions? How will she deal with Angel who has been a challenge at times for the prior coaches. Do you know if she is coming back?



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Randy wrote:
Ay Mate wrote:
Shades wrote:
Randy wrote:
I'm sure the fans will have plenty of questions. I know I do.


What questions do you have?

I guess she's a defensive specialist.


She was basically in charge of the Sun’s defense the last two years. The Sun’s defense was the teams biggest weakness the last two years.


I though you said she was the brains of the outfit. Now you are saying she is responsible for their poor defense.

As for questions - what will she bring that is different to the team? What does this team need to have a winning season? Will she be GM or in charge of player personnel decisions? How will she deal with Angel who has been a challenge at times for the prior coaches. Do you know if she is coming back?


I do think shes the brains of the outfit. Doesn’t mean she got the Sun to play good defense this season.


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Randy wrote:
Ay Mate wrote:
Shades wrote:
Randy wrote:
I'm sure the fans will have plenty of questions. I know I do.


What questions do you have?

I guess she's a defensive specialist.


She was basically in charge of the Sun’s defense the last two years. The Sun’s defense was the teams biggest weakness the last two years.


I though you said she was the brains of the outfit. Now you are saying she is responsible for their poor defense.

As for questions - what will she bring that is different to the team? What does this team need to have a winning season? Will she be GM or in charge of player personnel decisions? How will she deal with Angel who has been a challenge at times for the prior coaches. Do you know if she is coming back?


Wasn’t she an assistant at Louisville when Angel played there? I know her husband was head coach. Maybe Angel requested her specifically and is why Atlanta is targeting her to coach.


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That's a scary thought - Angel getting to pick the coach now.



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Ay Mate wrote:
Randy wrote:
Ay Mate wrote:
Shades wrote:
Randy wrote:
I'm sure the fans will have plenty of questions. I know I do.


What questions do you have?

I guess she's a defensive specialist.


She was basically in charge of the Sun’s defense the last two years. The Sun’s defense was the teams biggest weakness the last two years.


I though you said she was the brains of the outfit. Now you are saying she is responsible for their poor defense.

As for questions - what will she bring that is different to the team? What does this team need to have a winning season? Will she be GM or in charge of player personnel decisions? How will she deal with Angel who has been a challenge at times for the prior coaches. Do you know if she is coming back?


Wasn’t she an assistant at Louisville when Angel played there? I know her husband was head coach. Maybe Angel requested her specifically and is why Atlanta is targeting her to coach.


McCoughtry has been keeping herself pretty busy lately. I doubt she's pulling GM duty too. Smile



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PostPosted: 10/30/17 3:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Just got an email from the Dream confirming Collen as the next head coach.



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PostPosted: 10/30/17 3:58 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Randy wrote:
That's a scary thought - Angel getting to pick the coach now.


Angel McGM as a requirement to play?


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"I am humbled at the opportunity to become the next Head Coach of the Atlanta Dream and incredibly proud to be associated with a league that empowers women in such a positive way," Collen said. "I want to thank owners Mary Brock and Kelly Loeffler, as well as team President Theresa Wenzel for believing in me and what we can accomplish together. I was blown away by their passion and commitment to the Dream and to the city of Atlanta"



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Dream's initial release on the hiring.

http://sun.wnba.com/news/nicki-collen-coach-atlanta-dream/

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The Atlanta Dream announced today that it has hired Nicki Collen as the new head coach of the team. Collen served as an assistant coach with the Connecticut Sun for the past two seasons under head coach Curt Miller.

“I want to personally congratulate Nicki Collen on her opportunity to lead the Atlanta Dream,” head coach Curt Miller said Monday. “Nicki is an outstanding coach and has been a great friend for nearly 20 years. It was a pleasure to work alongside of her and I want to thank her for all of her hard work and dedication in helping us grow over the last two seasons. The entire Connecticut Sun organization wishes her and her family all the best in Atlanta.”



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http://www.ajc.com/sports/former-suns-assistant-nicki-collen-named-atlanta-dream-head-coach/ONeOD6Aq6yDsqUigtjMrkM/

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A former college player at Purdue and Marquette, Collen started interviewing for the head coaching position in early October through phone interviews with Wenzel and owners Kelly Loeffler and Mary Brock.


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Collen, 42, said last week she flew to Atlanta for a face-to-face interview and, to her surprise, was offered the job.

“I was pretty flabbergasted,” Collen said. “I didn’t expect them to be offered on the interview and it just kind of made it feel very real, very fast and it just kind of showed the commitment level that they have that they felt like I was the best person to lead the Dream forward and kind of made it a lot easier to move forward.”

“Nicki brings impressive basketball and coaching credentials along with great leadership qualities and we are thrilled to welcome her to the Atlanta Dream,” Dream owners Kelly Loeffler and Mary Brock said in a statement. “We believe her strong emphasis on player development alongside a disciplined offensive and defensive system will position our talented team to be a playoff contender.”


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As an Eastern Conference assitant coach, Collen has already been able to work with Dream guard Tiffany Hayes, guard Layshia Clarendon and center Elizabeth Williams. Collen also spent some time with a younger Angel McCoughtry when she was recruited and signed by Louisville in 2005.


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“I think it’s an incredibly talented roster,” Collen said. “There are three All-Stars and that starting lineup from the season and obviously if Angel McCoughtry's coming back you have an Olympian, I legitimate MVP type player. Lots of great pieces... As a coach it’s exciting to think about all the things that I could do, that I could run, offensively, defensively and take advantage of the strengths of the Dream roster.”


Oops, I wonder if she let something slip there. They're not sure yet if she's coming back?



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So it makes you wonder if McCoughtry is either 1.) Done playing in the WNBA, 2.) Will ask to be traded or 3.) Will simply sit out another season.



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So it makes you wonder if McCoughtry is either 1.) Done playing in the WNBA, 2.) Will ask to be traded or 3.) Will simply sit out another season.

What does? The fact that Collen used the word 'if'? All that shows is that they don't know anything until McCoughtry actually signs a contract and actually shows up to play. Which we knew already. Nothing's changed.



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The Dream anticipate Angel's return next season.

Biggest question is who is the GM/Player Personnel boss? No answers given or even suggested in the press release.



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The Dream anticipate Angel's return next season.


Not sounding rock solid, is it? I would have thought by now there would be more clarification. There was that article where McCoughtry said it "wouldn't be fair to come back at the end of the season", so at that point it did sound like she was coming back.

Randy wrote:
Biggest question is who is the GM/Player Personnel boss? No answers given or even suggested in the press release.


Been wondering that for a while, ever since Taylor left. Usually it seems like the president of the team takes on that role if no GM is specified.



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If she does get hired I hope there is a DNS podcast as was the case with the Seattle hiring. I'm sure the fans will have plenty of questions. I know I do.


Yes sir....ask away.


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It is a mystery for sure. Don't see the team prez having the background, but who knows. Another question is what is the coaching staff going to look like. Cooper's assistants are now gone from the Dream web page.



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If she does get hired I hope there is a DNS podcast as was the case with the Seattle hiring. I'm sure the fans will have plenty of questions. I know I do.


Yes sir....ask away.


So - what is she looking for in assistants? Does she see need for roster changes? What would they look for in FA or the Draft (albeit only with a second round pick.) Does she handle GM duties or who does?



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Randy wrote:
dtsnms wrote:
Randy wrote:
If she does get hired I hope there is a DNS podcast as was the case with the Seattle hiring. I'm sure the fans will have plenty of questions. I know I do.


Yes sir....ask away.


So - what is she looking for in assistants? Does she see need for roster changes? What would they look for in FA or the Draft (albeit only with a second round pick.) Does she handle GM duties or who does?


If they were making her GM, that would have been part of the hiring announcement. But I'm guessing she'll get the player movement she wants as long as it's financially viable. Haven't heard anything to suggest that the Dream front office is very hands-on.



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I guess we can say one thing - Collen is "Shades approved." Smile



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The job search was run by a former GM in the league.


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I guess we can say one thing - Collen is "Shades approved." Smile


I'm a little surprised there isn't more approval being shown here. There's a bunch being shown on twitter.

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As soon as the Atlanta Dream hired new head coach Nicki Collen, the internet erupted with notes of praise about the move. Below are some quotes from our the web. Also, make sure to take a read through this interview with the AJC HERE.

“I had the opportunity to be coached by and spend time with Nicki Collen for the 2017 All Star game. Her energy and passion for the game were apparent in the short amount of time we spent together. I’m thrilled to have the chance to play for her and see where we can continue to grow and lead the Dream Organization forward.”
Layshia Clarendon – Dream Guard

“I had the pleasure of speaking with Coach Nicki Collen over the phone today. With her fresh ideas and vast basketball knowledge and experience, she can definitely help develop us into a championship team. I really look forward to working with her!
Elizabeth Williams – Dream Center

“GREAT hire. Many times last season while in the Sun huddle, I thought to myself, Nicki Collen is ready to a head coach soon.”
Holly Rowe – ESPN

“Congrats Nicki Collen on being selected as the new Head Coach Atlanta Dream! Best wishes to you, Tom and the kids!”
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Shades wrote:
Randy wrote:
I guess we can say one thing - Collen is "Shades approved." Smile


I'm a little surprised there isn't more approval being shown here. There's a bunch being shown on twitter.


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The press release doesn't say anything about her being the GM. Is that just an oversight or are they planning on hiring a GM as well?


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dtsnms wrote:
The job search was run by a former GM in the league.


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Randy wrote:
dtsnms wrote:
The job search was run by a former GM in the league.


Care to elaborate?


Sienko


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Randy wrote:
dtsnms wrote:
The job search was run by a former GM in the league.


Care to elaborate?


Sienko


Yes, I tweeted it yesterday.


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I don't know much about this Collen, but I am excited by this hire. I am thrilled to see new names moving up, rather than the same folks being retreaded over and over. We still see the likes of Pokey and Hughes failing into new jobs, but seeing that supplemented with names like Stocks, Miller, and Collen is great for the league.


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PODCAST: Nicki Collen talks Atlanta Dream and her pathway to coaching

https://summitthoops.com/2017/11/01/podcast-nicki-collen-talks-atlanta-dream/

Collen sounds like she expects Angel to be back next season



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PostPosted: 11/01/17 12:39 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

dtsnms wrote:
lynxmania wrote:
Randy wrote:
dtsnms wrote:
The job search was run by a former GM in the league.


Care to elaborate?


Sienko


Yes, I tweeted it yesterday.


You were my source. Wink I just forgot to put your tweet up. Sad


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PostPosted: 11/01/17 2:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

lynxmania wrote:
dtsnms wrote:
lynxmania wrote:
Randy wrote:
dtsnms wrote:
The job search was run by a former GM in the league.


Care to elaborate?


Sienko


Yes, I tweeted it yesterday.


You were my source. Wink I just forgot to put your tweet up. Sad


That's okay, I forgot to come back here and post who it was!


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PostPosted: 11/01/17 2:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So is he some kind of GM-Consultant now?



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