Sydney Colson is back on the bench for Texas A&M women’s basketball, this time as a coach. On Jan. 11, 2014, the Texas A&M women’s basketball program announced, “One of Texas A&M’s all-time greats, Sydney Colson, has joined the women’s basketball staff as a graduate assistant coach.” The dynamic, effervescent and superb point guard was a key figure in Texas A&M’s 2011 NCAA championship team.
Of Colson’s return, Coach Gary Blair said, “Sydney coming back home and helping us in a graduate assistant position is exactly what we need. She will be a great influence and mentor for the team, especially to our point guards.”
Likely you couldn’t bring any more exciting news to the Texas A&M women’s basketball program. The Aggies’ Jordan Jones and Curtyce Knox have every bit of potential in the world, and Colson will be the perfect mentor from the school of “been there, done that” to share her expertise and “leave it all on the floor” spirit with Jones, Knox, and the entire Aggie family. Jordan and Curtyce have that same on-court enthusiasm and drive that Colson showed the Aggie family for the years she played at Reed Arena.
In the 2010-2011 season where Texas A&M won the national championship, Colson “led the conference and ranked in the top 10 nationally with 6.1 assists per game.” She also holds more Aggie records including having 221 career assists in one season (second all-time single season assists), 504 all-time career assists (she ranks fourth at A&M) and one of Blair’s favorite statistics, 255 steals. Colson was also part of the Aggie women’s basketball team who went to the Elite Eight in the 2007-2008 season when Sydney was a freshman. She was a 2011 Honorable Mention All-America as well. At the WNBA draft (see video) Colson also credited former Aggie Associate Head Coach Vic Schaefer for helping to shape her as a player and the team as a defensive powerhouse.
Colson is a Texas girl who played in Houston, played three seasons for the Aggies as their point guard and at the time was known to Coach Blair as simply “Colson,” because he had two Sydney’s on the team, the other being “Carter.” This season, Blair has two Courtney’s (Williams and Walker) so they get called by their last names as well.
Upon her graduation, Sydney was drafted in the second round of the WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun, and she played professionally in Poland.
A welcoming crowd was delighted to see Sydney visiting the Aggies in Reed Arena during their last home game against Alabama, on Jan. 5, but no one outside the program had any idea of the great surprise awaiting the team. Once again, the very stealth Coach Blair has ramped up the fun and excitement around Aggieland; you never know what he’s going to do next!
“Colson” is already on the job, by the way, and will be on the bench tomorrow as the Aggies prepare to take on their third SEC ranked opponent, No. 25 Georgia, at 1 p.m. CST. Welcome home, again, Sydney. The Aggies are glad to see you. Point guard play is just about to be ramped up; just show up to Reed Arena and watch.