Practice makes perfect for Lincoln University assistant women’s basketball coach

Nicole Collier brings love of hard work to basketball

Lincoln assistant women’s basketball coach Nicole Collier, center, explains strategy during a timeout late in regulation time during the Blue Tigers’ game against Rockhurst on Friday evening at Jason Gymnasium. Head coach Katie Vaughn is at center left.

Lincoln assistant women’s basketball coach Nicole Collier, center, explains strategy during a timeout late in regulation time during the Blue Tigers’ game against Rockhurst on Friday evening at Jason Gymnasium. Head coach Katie Vaughn is at center left. Photo by Kelley McCall.

If you’re going to make your living as a basketball coach, you’re going to spend so much more time at practice than in games. Luckily for Nicole Collier, that’s right up her alley.

“I loved practice when I was a played and I still love coming to practice,” said Collier, who’s entering her second season as assistant women’s coach at Lincoln University. “When I was a player, I got fired up for practice.”

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It paid off, as Collier was a two-time All-American at Jefferson College in Hillsboro and then a two-time All-American at Missouri Western State University. She’s trying to bring that love of hard work to the Blue Tigers.

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