Angie Nelp served as an assistant coach for the Owls from 2015-17.
Nelp helped guide the Owls to a WBI Championship (the school's first postseason title) and 22 victories in 2016-17, the second-most wins in a single season on South Main. The Owls improved by 13 wins from her first to second season, one of the top increments in the nation.
Rice led all of Conference USA in total assists (558) and total rebounds (1,308) while setting a Rice single-season record in made three-pointers (242). In addition the Owls ranked second in C-USA in assists per game (15.9), field goal percentage (.444), made three-pointers (242) and free throw attempts (626).
The Owls set a school record with 13 home victories in the 2016-17 season and the team's 9-2 start was the best by a Rice squad since the 1988-89 season.
Nelp was named an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator to the Rice Owls staff on April 24, 2015.
Nelp joined the Owls after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at Mercer. Nelp joined the Mercer women's basketball staff in 2011 and was responsible for coaching the guards, as well as scout and film preparation.
Prior to Mercer, Nelp served as director of basketball operations at Marquette University. She also spent one season as a graduate assistant coach on the Arkansas women's basketball staff under then head coach Tom Collen.
Nelp played collegiate basketball at Colorado State, racking up 1,397 points, 629 rebounds, 356 assists and 261 steals in four seasons. During her time with the Rams she earned Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors, was a first-team All-MWC selection, a Kodak All-America Honorable Mention nomination and was named an academic all-conference performer in all four seasons.
After graduating from Colorado State in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in health and exercise science, she went on to spend two seasons with the NWBL Colorado Chill and one season with 08 Stockholm in Sweden. As a professional, she helped lead the Chill to the 2005 NWBL title and the 08 Stockholm to the 2003 Swedish national crown.
Following her professional career, Nelp returned to the United States to serve as the head girls' basketball coach at Yorktown High in Yorktown, Ind.
Nelp and her husband Jake have two sons, JJ and Louis.