FAYETTEVILLE — Tom Collen and the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team (11-0) have maintained continued success during the non-conference schedule since the head coach returned to Fayetteville, as this season has been no exception.
Now in his seventh season as head coach at Arkansas, Collen has accrued a 90-21 all-time record in non-conference play with the Razorbacks. Yet to lose this season in non-conference play, Collen and the Razorbacks (11-0) have won 20 straight non-conference games dating back to last season. Two non-conference games remain this season with Tennessee Tech and Mississippi Valley State both visiting Bud Walton Arena.
The program’s best start came under collen, as the Razorbacks ran off a 15-0 start to the season in non-conference play during the 2007-08 season. UA also started the 2010-11 season 12-0.
The 2011-12 Razorbacks returned to the NCAA Tournament, reaching the second round before a very close, two-point loss sent Arkansas home. Collen guided the Razorbacks to a program-best eight consecutive SEC wins, a 10-win season and a tie for fourth place in league standings. That same season, he was voted as SEC Coach of the Year, the first-ever Arkansas women’s coach and just the second Razorback basketball coach ever selected. He was also on the national ballot for NCAA Coach of the Year.
The seventh head coach in Razorback history, Collen first served as the assistant head coach at Arkansas during the mid-1990s. His recruiting work led to one of the greatest moments in program history with a berth to the 1998 Final Four.
By January 2008, Collen had the Razorbacks in the AP Top 25 and became just the ninth coach in women’s college basketball history to take three different programs into the AP rankings.
This season, Arkansas entered with the 20th-ranked recruiting class in the country, according to ESPNW.com.
Collen has coached seven all-SEC selections, including SEC Co-Freshman of the Year C’eira Ricketts, the SEC’s Sixth Player of the Year Charity Ford and the Co-Sixth Player of the Year Sarah Watkins. His Razorback teams have produced one WNBA draft selection, 10 All-SEC selections, six league community service team picks, several SEC Players of the Week and four postseason appearances.
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