Head coach Dave Magarity recognizes success of second-year mentor.
Colleen Mullen joined Army's staff as an assistant coach in July 2011 and was promoted to associate head coach a year later. Mullen made her way to West Point after two years at Long Island University where she was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator. She also spent a season as an assistant coach at Patriot League foe Lehigh. Along with assisting all aspects of the program, Mullen is also Army's recruiting coordinator.
"I am excited to have Colleen join our coaching staff here at the Academy," head coach Dave Magarity said upon her hiring. "She brings a wealth of experience and an infectious energy as a recruiter. She has a strong background as a teacher of the game, and her ability to work with our young backcourt will be critical for our future success as a team."
A proven point guard as a collegiate player for both Rhode Island and New Hampshire, Mullen has continued to cultivate her expertise at the guard position since entering the coaching ranks.
In 2013-14, Mullen helped develop an Army backcourt that led the Black Knights to a team-record 25 wins and their second NCAA Tournament appearance as a Division I program.
Under Mullen's watch, sophomore point guard Kelsey Minato turned in arguably the best single-season performance in team history. Minato set Army single-season records in points (725), free throws (207) and three-pointers (82), while also topping the Academy's single-season list in points per game (22.0) and free throw percentage (92.4).
The Black Knights drained a program-record 212 three-pointers in 2013-14, while Minato and senior guard Jen Hazlett (73) finished the year first and second on Army's single-season three-point shooting list, respectively.
Minato claimed her second straight Patriot League Player of the Year honor in 2013-14, while Hazlett was recognized on the all-league second team.
Army's backcourt shined in 2012-13, as Minato became the first in Patriot League history to be voted Player and Rookie of the Year, while the Black Knights had two first-team All-Patriot League selections for the first time in program history, with both honorees being guards (Minato, Anna Simmers).
The Black Knights' high-scoring perimeter unit helped Army average its highest scoring output since 2007-08 thanks in large part to the second-most accurate three-point shooting contingent in the Patriot League. The Black Knights' success rate beyond the arc was their highest since 2008-09, while their 158 triples were the most Army had made since 2004-05.
The Black Knight ball handlers were the most precise in the conference during Mullen's first season as associate head coach, as Army led the Patriot League in least turnovers per game and ranked as high as ninth in the nation in the category.
During her seven-year coaching tenure prior to Army, Mullen has churned out a plethora of decorated guards and secured top-rated recruiting classes. In her two seasons at Long Island, she helped lead the Blackbirds to an appearance in the Northeast Conference finals and helped record the second-highest win total in program history with a 22-10 mark in 2009-10. She mentored two-time first team All-NEC player Ashley Palmer, while point guard Kiara Evans ranked eighth nationally in assists per game (6.4) under Mullen's watch.
Her duties at Long Island also included managing the program's budget, overseeing the assistant coaching staff, coordinating all on and off campus recruitment and serving as the academic coordinator. The Blackbirds successfully improved their overall team grade-point average from a 2.84 in 2010 to a 3.19 in 2011. A proven recruiter, her first recruiting class was ranked 88th nationally by All-Star Girls Basketball Report. Mullen was also responsible for signing first team All-America junior college player Ebony Davis out of St. Louis, Mo.
Prior to her tenure at Long Island, Mullen spent 2007-08 at Lehigh where she oversaw player development with an emphasis on the backcourt. During her short stint at Lehigh, she guided three of the program's top guards - Erica Prosser, Tricia Smith and Alex Ross - to All-Patriot League selections. All three players went on to garner major Patriot League honors and help Lehigh to back-to-back conference titles.
In addition to her coaching duties at Lehigh, she also oversaw compliance, marketing, team travel, equipment, academics, alumni relations, community outreach, facilities and game management.
Mullen spent 2005-07 as the top assistant at Southern New Hampshire after serving as the director of basketball operations at Northern Illinois in 2004-05.
As a player, Mullen spent two seasons at Rhode Island, leading her team in assists each year before transferring to New Hampshire. A two-year captain, she was one of the top feeders in Wildcat history and finished her two-year career with 218 assists, the 14th-highest mark in school history. Mullen was named to the America East Academic Honor Roll in each of her two seasons.
Mullen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from New Hampshire in 2003. She earned her a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire in 2006.