Tom Collen Fired After 7 Seasons as Arkansas' Women's Basketball Coach

Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

Jeff Long is starting another coaching search.

Tom Collen is no longer the Women's Basketball coach at Arkansas.

In his seven seasons at Arkansas, Collen compiled a record of 132-90, but just 40-68 in SEC games.. The Razorbacks only made the NCAA Tournament once, in 2012 when they lost in the second round. The team went 19-11 this season. They made the Women's NIT four times.

From Jeff Long: "Our program has not made the progress necessary to position Razorback women's basketball to challenge for Southeastern Conference championships and consistently compete in the NCAA Tournament."

From Tom Collen: "I am proud that I have poured my heart and soul into making this a great program. The people of the state of Arkansas deserve that. I know the administration will work hard to secure a great coach and a great leader as they move forward. I wish the administration and, most importantly, the players, the best of luck."

Collen came to Arkansas in 2007 after coaching stints at Colorado State and Louisville, where he had a much more successful record (129-33 at CSU, 88-37 at UL) but was never able to have similar success in Fayetteville. He was an assistant at Arkansas under Gary Blair through the 1997 season, and is credited (at least in the Arkansas media guide) with recruiting many of the players that led the Razorbacks to the 1998 Final Four.

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