Joins The Northern Illinois Womens Basketball Staff As Director
DeKALB, IL Northern Illinois University head womens
basketball coach Carol Hammerle announced the hiring of former New
Hampshire University standout Colleen Mullen as the programs
director of basketball operations on Thursday.
A native of Chelmsford, MA, Mullen comes to Northern Illinois after
spending two seasons as the starting point guard at New Hampshire,
leading the Wildcats to an upper division finish in the America
East Conference as a senior (2002-03). During her two seasons in
Durham, NH, Mullen started 57-of-58 games at the point and led the
team in assists 23 times during her final campaign, including a
career high 10 dimes on Feb. 2, 2003, at Stony Brook. Her 133 assists
as a senior rank third in New Hampshire single-season history, while
her 217 career assists over the two seasons ranks No. 12 in the
schools annuals. An outstanding perimeter shooter, Mullen
finished second on the team in three-point makes as a senior (42)
and her scoring average of 7.8 points ranked fifth on the squad.
Colleen brings a great deal to our program, Hammerle
said. Having played under two head coaches and being a former
Division I player, she has a great deal of insight with regards
to college basketball. Although her role is strictly in an administrative
capacity, her past experiences will benefit this staff and this
The 5-foot-4 guard began her collegiate career at the University
of Rhode Island where she served as the Rams starting point
guard for two seasons. Second on the team in scoring (9.5 ppg.)
as a sophomore, Mullen led Rhode Island in assists for two seasons
before transferring to New Hampshire after the 1999-2000 ledger.
The opportunity to begin my coaching career under Carol Hammerle
is a real privilege, Mullen said. Her accomplishments
speak for themselves. The respect she has in this profession, the
winning percentage she has accumulated and the tradition of this
Northern Illinois program makes this an outstanding opportunity.
Its exciting to be a part of this program.
A 2003 graduate of New Hampshire, Mullen earned her bachelors
degree in Business Administration and spent one year as a human
resource representative at KEMA Inc., in Burlington, MA. During
that season away from basketball, Mullen provided expert analysis
for the UNH Radio Network during womens basketball broadcasts.
Mullen replaces former director of basketball operations Stacy Krueger,
who left NIU in June to become an assistant coach with the Youngstown
State University womens basketball program.