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Head Coach Nicki Collen of the Baylor Bears watches from the sidelines at the first round of the 2022 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament against the Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine held at the Ferrell Center on March 18, 2022 in Waco, Texas.Nicki Collen had pretty much zero interest in coaching the Baylor women’s basketball team when she agreed to sit down with the school’s search committee. It was the spring of 2021, and she was about to begin her fourth season as head coach of the Atlanta Dream. Her family loved living in Georgia, and she loved working in the WNBA.Collen says she’s still not certain why she agreed to the interview. The Dream ownership had changed, but her new bosses had already mentioned extending her contract.“I had a job I liked, I had a staff I liked, I had a team I liked,” she told me in a recent interview. “But I just felt like it was time to listen, see what they were looking…

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