COLLEGE STATION- One of Texas A&M’s all-time greats, Sydney Colson, has joined the women’s basketball staff as a graduate assistant. Colson was the starting point guard on the Aggies’ 2011 NCAA Championship squad.
“Sydney coming back home and helping us in a graduate assistant position is exactly what we need,” said Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair. “She will be a great influence and mentor to for the team, especially to our point guards.”
“Her leadership and enthusiasm are contagious,” added Blair. “She has taken us to the to the highest level with a national championship and four NCAA Tournaments, and then continued her career in the WNBA and in Poland. We welcome her back with open arms as she helps us continue to build champions.”
“Words can’t describe how excited I am to be back in College Station,” said Colson. “I’m grateful to everyone who played a part in this process, but especially to Coach Blair, who gave me my first chance by giving me a scholarship to Texas A&M.”
“We saw the heights that we were able to reach during my time at A&M, and now Coach Blair is giving me a chance to learn from a spectacular coaching staff,” added Colson. “I like the makeup of this team, and I’m excited about the opportunity this team has to achieve greatness.”
Colson had her best season during her senior year, the 2010-11 National Championship season. She led the conference and ranked in the top 10 nationally with 6.1 assists per game. She finished the season with 221 assists, which still ranks second on A&M’s single season assist chart. She still ranks fourth all-time in A&M's career assists (504) and steals (255). She was an honorable mention All-America and all-conference selection her senior year.
Colson, a Houston, Texas native, finished her four-year career with 853 points, 504 assists and 255 steals over 138 games. She posted over 100 assists in her final three seasons, which were her three seasons as the Aggies’ starting point guard.
She was a part of Texas A&M’s two most successful NCAA Tournament runs, helping the Aggies to the Elite Eight as a freshman in 2007-08, and the National Championship in 2010-11. While at A&M, her teams went an astounding 115-29.
Since graduating, Colson played for the New York Liberty in the WNBA, and played professionally in Poland.
Colson is on the Aggies’ trip to face No. 25 Georgia on Sunday at 1 p.m., and will be on the bench for that game.