Arkansas’ Collen hires his wife as assistant coach

Arkansas women’s basketball coach Tom Collen is hiring his wife

as an assistant coach with the Razorbacks.

Tom Collen said Friday that Nicki Collen would fill the vacancy

created when associate head coach Timothy Eatman took a similar job

at Boston College.

Nicki Collen has worked as an assistant for her husband at two

of his previous coaching stops, Colorado State and Louisville. It’s

been six years since she’s been on his staff, as she stepped away

from basketball for a time to focus on the couple’s three young


Tom Collen says his wife’s responsibilities will include

developing the Razorbacks’ guards and serving as Arkansas’

defensive coordinator.

Nicki Collen also has worked as an assistant at Ball State and

played professionally in Greece.