HOUSTON, Texas -- By Kenny Bybee
Rice University head women's basketball coach Tina Langley continues to build her staff as she announced the hiring of assistant coach Angie Nelp on Friday.
Nelp joins the Owls after spending the previous 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.
"Angie Nelp is another outstanding addition to our staff," Rice women's basketball head coach Tina Langley said. "She is known for her hard work, intensity, and her ability to connect with people. She does a fantastic job with the organization of recruiting, as well as building lasting relationships. Angie's experience playing at a high level in college, and competing at the professional level will also be very beneficial to the development of our players. Most importantly, Angie is a person with great character and values that fit perfectly with Rice University."
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.
"I am honored to join the women's basketball program at Rice University," Nelp said. "Tina Langley is a proven winner with an outstanding vision for this team. She has enjoyed success at the highest level and her reputation as one of the best coaches in the game precedes her. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work for such an accomplished coach. Her solid work ethic, extraordinary character, and extensive knowledge of the game are a winning combination and will enhance the prestigious reputation of Rice University. Being at Rice affords our staff the opportunity to recruit the best and brightest student-athletes from around the country. My family and I are excited to join the Rice family and community."
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.