Dream coach Collen to replace Mulkey at Baylor

    Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.

Atlanta Dream coach Nicki Collen is leaving the WNBA to take over as coach of the Baylor women’s basketball team, the school announced Monday.

She replaces Kim Mulkey, who left last week to become LSU’s coach.

Collen became the Dream’s head coach prior to the 2018 season and has gone 38-52 in her three years with Atlanta. Her best season was her first, when the Dream finished 23-11 in 2018 and advanced to the WNBA semifinals.

Prior to her time with the Dream, Collen was an assistant for two WNBA seasons with the Connecticut Sun.

Collen, who turns 46 on May 13, was a college assistant before moving to the WNBA, working at Florida Gulf Coast, Arkansas, Louisville, Ball State and Colorado State.

The WNBA season begins May 14.

Baylor won three NCAA titles under Mulkey (2005, 2012 and 2019) and a combined 23 Big 12 titles, between the regular season and league tournament. Mulkey was Baylor’s head coach from 2000-21.

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