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Women’s Basketball Team Welcomes in New Coaches

Women's basketball team practicing during last year's season.

Photo credit: Fort Wayne Mastodons Media Services

Women's basketball team practicing during last year's season.
Written by: Communicator StaffOctober 28, 2016

Niecee Nelson was appointed head coach of IPFW’s women’s basketball team in April of this year.

“This is a great opportunity, and I jumped at the chance,” Nelson said.

Nelson began gaining coaching experience in 2002 at the University of Wyoming where she served as the graduate assistant for two seasons.

Nelson then took a position as assistant coach for IPFW in 2004. This was followed by her 11 season assistant coaching position at the University of San Diego of the West Coast Conference.

Prior to coaching, Nelson also played basketball herself at the University of Portland.

“My last experience (at University of San Diego) prepared me for this job. I am grateful to be able to show what I have been working for for the last 4 years,” Nelson said.

The Mastodons also welcomed on new assistant coach Ty Shaw in May and Carol Duncan in August 2016.

Nelson spoke very highly of her coaching staff and said how confident she is in them.

“They are high-character, passionate people.” Nelson said. “They are role models the players look to.”

Nelson said her goal this year is wanting to establish culture, create a strong work ethic and change the perception of the team.

“There is a changing culture within the program (referring to the positive and dedicated attitudes of the team). The players are ready for the change,” she said.

She referred to this change as something that will not simply affect the players’ performance on the court.

The goal of the team is to put more of a focus on conditioning, strength training, community and academics.

“We want to come in and be the surprising team for everybody,” Nelson said.

The women’s basketball team will be facing Indiana Tech in their first game of the season at 2 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Gates Sports Center.