-By Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University head women's basketball coach Tina Langley finalized her staff on Monday with the announcement of Sydney Colson as assistant coach.
"Sydney Colson is an incredible addition to our staff," Langley said. "Sydney grew up in Houston, led Texas A&M to a National Championship, and then played in the WNBA and overseas. Given her extensive experience as a player at the highest level, her superior work ethic, and her passion for the game, there is no doubt that she will be an outstanding role model and coach for our young women. Sydney comes from a wonderful family and has strong ties to the Texas community. We are so excited to welcome her home to Houston, and to Rice University."
Most recently Colson (@sydjcolson) served as the women's basketball video coordinator at Texas A&M, where she graduated and was the starting point guard on the 2011 National Championship team. Colson re-joined the Aggies in January of 2014 and served as the video coordinator for this past season.
"I'm grateful that Coach Langley has given me a chance to be a member of a great institution and staff," said Colson. "I grew up in Houston so I'm aware of Rice's national academic prestige. Hearing coach describe her vision for the women's basketball program has me convinced that something special will take place here in the coming years. I'm excited to meet the team and begin learning more about Rice culture.
Colson was a part of A&M's three most successful NCAA Tournament runs, helping the Aggies to the 2008 Elite Eight and 2011 National Championships as a player, and was on the bench as a graduate assistant for A&M's run to the Elite Eight in 2014.
A Houston native, Colson finished her four-year career with 853 points, 504 assists and 255 steals over 138 games. She posted over 100 assists in each of her final three seasons, which were her three seasons as the Aggies' starting point guard. During her tenure the Aggies went a staggering 115-29.
Colson led the conference and ranked in the top 10 nationally with 6.1 assists per game in 2010-11 and ranks fifth all-time at A&M in career assists (504) and fourth in career steals (255).
"This is a fantastic opportunity for Sydney to go back to her hometown and advance her coaching career," said Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair. "She will work for a great head coach in Tina Langley, and will do special things at Rice. We wish Sydney the best of luck moving forward."
Prior to her collegiate career at A&M, Colson starred at Westside High School where she was ranked the No. 29 overall prospect nationally and the No. 8 point guard in the class of 2007 by the All-Star Girls Basketball Report.
After graduating, Colson played for the New York Liberty of the WNBA, and played professionally in Poland.