Collier Accepts UNLV Position

Menlo College Athletic Director and head women's basketball coach Caitlin Collier has resigned, effective May 31st, to take the women's basketball first assistant position at NCAA Division I University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Collier, who owns a 178-95 overall record at Menlo (.652), is leaving a basketball program that she started in 1998 and made nationally recognized at the NAIA level. Success has been a hallmark of Collier's tenure at Menlo. The program's inaugural squad finished 18-7 and the following season won the Cal Pac's South Division behind a 12-2 mark to earn a berth into the NAIA Division II National Championships.

The Oaks' list of accolades during their 2006-07 breakthrough season was seemingly endless. Menlo tied a program best for total victories (25), and set records for fewest losses (3), winning percentage (.890), national ranking (No. 7, Feb. 21, 2007), and conference record (16-0). The team finished second in longest winning streak with 18 (19 in 2005-06). Additionally, Menlo finished No. 2 nationally in team defense (49.24ppg) after finishing first among NAIA Division II squads in scoring defense per game (44.5 points allowed), rebound margin (16.7) and field goal percentage defense (.327) during the 2005-06 season. Both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 squads won the NAIA's Buffalo Funds Champions of Character award for the program's commitment to their core values. The 2006-07 squad finished ranked No. 25 in academics by the WBCA's Academic Top 25 Honor Roll (3.29 overall team GPA).

Collier has coached 21 All-Cal Pac players, three Cal Pac Most Valuable Players, two Cal Pac Freshman of the Year, two Cal Pac Newcomers of the Year, three NAIA All-Americans, two Kodak WBCA All Americans and ten NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athletes.


Since stepping into the Director of Athletics position in the summer of 2003, Collier has revised the department's mission statement and strongly emphasized the NAIA's Champions of Character program among all 13 varsity sports, student-athletes, and coaches. The emphasis paid off, as the department was awarded the Cal Pac Sportsmanship Award in 2004-2005. The following season, four head coaches earned Coach of the Year awards, a department record six teams made it to post-season, and the department snared four team championships (volleyball, women's soccer, wrestling [NAIA West Region] and women's basketball). As part of a process that began in 2003, Collier gained conference affiliation for the Oaks' football program in the prestigious Northwest Conference, ending the program's 17-year span as an NCAA DIII Independent.

“While I regret losing an outstanding colleague to another institution, I am nevertheless glad for Caitlin and proud of how she flourished at Menlo College, ” stated Menlo College Provost Dr. James Kelly. “She has been a role model for our scholar-athletes, and a primary motivator in our athletes becoming Champions of Character. She is a champion in every way, and I wish her the best.”


“I'm very proud of what my team of coaches and administrators and I have been able to accomplish here at Menlo,” stated Collier. “The people and my players I've worked with over the years have been amazing and I will remember these years always.”