Camille Collier among nation’s top assistants invited to TopConnect Basketball Symposium
Arizona State University assistant women's basketball coach Camille Collier was selected to participate in the prestigious 2022 TopConnect Basketball Symposium, which took place on June 27 on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Collier was named to new ASU head women's basketball coach Natasha Adair's staff in May. Prior to coming to ASU, Collier spent the past season with Virginia Tech as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, helping the Hokies to a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest in program history. She also spent a pair of seasons at both Hofstra University and Radford University as an assistant coach at each stop. With Radford in 2019, Collier and the Highlanders were Big South Regular Season Champions and Big South Tournament Champions en route to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
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In its fifth year, TopConnect identifies the top assistant basketball coaches in the country and connects them with mid-major Athletic Directors providing tremendous networking and leadership development opportunities for both parties. The organization develops educational programming for its annual symposium that allows top assistant coaches to hear from a wide variety of successful leaders and speakers.
The 2022 symposium was headlined by a panel of prominent and successful head coaches including Lindy LaRocque (UNLV head women's basketball coach), Simon Harris (ETSU head women's basketball coach; John Aiken (McNeese State head men's basketball coach) and retired men's basketball coach Lon Kruger, who led both Florida and Oklahoma to the Final Four.
Athletic Directors who presented included Mark Benson (University of Albany) Mike Capaccio (The Citadel), Bryan Blair (Toledo), Chris King (Robert Morris), Scott Garrett (Cleveland State), Alex Ricker-Gilbert (Jacksonville University) Eugene Marshall (Hampton University), Drew Marrachello (Boston University) and Gene Taylor (Kansas State).
Also joining the lineup of influential speakers were Debbie Spander (Insight Sports Advisors), Colton Houston (HD Intelligence), Glenn Sugiyama (DHR Global) Jeff Schemmel (College Sport Solutions) and Kevin (Barefoot Teamworks).
Panel discussions and breakout sessions included Expectations of a Head Coach; Preparing for the Interview; First 365 Days Managing the Season and Developing Real Expectations; What ADs are looking for; Scheduling; NIL; Discipline and Motivation; Mental Health; Core Values; Building Support; The Future of College Basketball.
The fan-favorite "Speed Dating" returned and allowed for rapid networking to take place between the assistant coaches and administrators.
The three-word mantra of "Connect. Prepare. Lead." identifies the purpose of TopConnect.
Since the inception of TopConnect in 2018, 35 assistant coach and assistant athletic director participants have been promoted to the next chair of Head Coach and Athletic Director as well as a Conference Commissioner.