Megan Gebbia, Head Coach
Head Coach Megan Gebbia finished her fifth season at American University with a historic regular season finishing with the strongest overall record in program history at 26-7, including a 16-2 run through the conference that secured them the regular-season Patriot League title. Gebbia also lead her team to a Patriot League Championship this season as well as a 2018 NCAA tournament appearance as a 14th seed eventually losing to 3rd seeded, UCLA 60-71.
In 2016-17, Gebbia led the Eagles to a 15-16 overall record 11-7 in the conference, and a qualification into the Patriot League Tournament semifinal round last season, where the Eagles fell to the eventual champion, Bucknell. Individually, Gebbia mentored two All-Patriot League selections in junior Emily Kinneston (Second Team, All-Defensive Team) and sophomore Cecily Carl (Third Team). The 2016-17 season also saw the program’s fourth Patriot League Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in senior Lauren Crisler.
Gebbia took the reins of the AU women’s basketball program in 2013 and immediately made an impact on the program’s trajectory, leading the Eagles to a 22-10 record in 2013-14 to become the winningest first-year coach in program history. A finalist for the Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award, Gebbia led the Eagles to an at-large berth into the WNIT, the first postseason at-large berth for a program in Patriot League history.
American finished tied for second in the Patriot League regular season, registering a 14-4 mark in conference play and advancing to the conference semifinals. In just one year, Gebbia took a team that ranked fifth in the conference in scoring defense to one that ranked fifth in the nation in the same category. She also guided the development of three All-Patriot League selections in Alexis Dobbs, Jen Dumiak, and Arron Zimmerman.
Her success continued in 2014-15, as the team posted a 24-9 overall mark to set a program record for single-season victories. Despite a slow start to the season, the Eagles turned things around in time for the start of their conference schedule, posting a 16-2 record in the Patriot League to claim the regular-season title. AU’s run through the league included a 10-0 record in the month of February that laid the foundation for the Eagles’ historical tournament performance.
For her team’s success, Gebbia was voted the 2015 Patriot League Coach of the Year while two of her players – Dumiak and Shaquilla Curtis – were tabbed as the PL Player of the Year and PL Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. Dumiak was also a first team all-league selection while Zimmerman and Michelle Holmes each earned third team all-league honors.
Gebbia currently holds an overall winning percentage of .543 (69-58) and .638 (46-26) in regular-season Patriot League play.
In addition to leading the Eagles to success on the court, Gebbia has also guided players who have excelled in the classroom. AU claimed consecutive Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards during Gebbia’s first two seasons with the program as Dobbs claimed the award in 2014 and Dumiak in 2015. Crisler became the third player under Gebbia’s mentorship to earn the award in 2016. Dumiak went on to earn the PL Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, as well as first-team Academic All-America honors and recognition as the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Gebbia has also coached 23 players to 39 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selections.
“Coach Gebbia has clearly proven herself as an outstanding coach, but more importantly, she has demonstrated her vast ability as a leader, mentor and role model for our student-athletes,” said Dr. Billy Walker, American University Director of Athletics & Recreation. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the future is bright for AU Women’s Basketball.”
Gebbia arrived at American after spending the previous 10 seasons at Marist College where she served as the associate head coach for her last seven seasons.
She aided in the development of 36 student-athletes who earned accolades in their career from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association, including 10 All-MAAC honorees and five major award winners. Gebbia was also part of eight straight and nine overall MAAC Championships. In 2006-07, Marist upset Ohio State and Middle Tennessee State on its way to the school’s first-ever Sweet Sixteen appearance. The team became just the third No. 13 seed in NCAA history to make it to the round of 16.
Prior to joining Marist, Gebbia served as an assistant at Wright State for the 2002-03 season and was in the same role at UMBC from 1996-2002. While at UMBC, she was responsible for signing two Street and Smith All-American honorable mentions, a conference Rookie of the Year and two All-Conference selections. She also served as an assistant at American under Jeff Thatcher for the 1995-96 season, during which the Eagles went 16-12.
Gebbia began her coaching career at her alma mater, Towson, where she served as team captain of the Tigers’ squad during her senior season. She is a native of Frederick, Md.
Tiffany Coll, Assistant Coach
Tiffany Coll completed her fifth season as an assistant coach at American University.
Prior to her arrival at AU, Coll spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Towson. While at Towson, she helped to aid in the development of two All-CAA honorees and oversaw their academic performances, seeing marked improvements during her time with the Tigers.
Coll previously served as an assistant coach at Lehigh, helping guide the Mountain Hawks to three 20-win seasons, three Patriot League regular season titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Before joining Lehigh, she was an assistant coach at Navy for the 2007-08 season and was a graduate assistant coach at St. John’s for two seasons, helping the Red Storm to a top-25 ranking and 22-8 overall record in 2005-06.
Coll played basketball abroad in Portugal, Germany, Holland and Wales after playing at the collegiate level for UMBC. She was a four-year member of the Retrievers’ squad and served on the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two seasons.
Coll graduated from UMBC in 2003 with a degree in issues and athletic administration and received her master’s degree in sociology from St. John’s in 2007.
Nikki Flores, Assistant Coach
Nikki Flores completed her fifth season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at American University.
Before joining AU’s staff in 2013, Flores spent the previous season at Colgate, focusing on recruiting and also assisting in preseason and individual workouts and breaking down game film. She helped lead the Raiders to one of their biggest RPI wins in program history and two wins over the top seed in the 2013 Patriot League tournament to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2007.
Flores also served as the first assistant and recruiting coordinator at Division II Holy Family University from 2009 to 2012, helping the team to three CACC regular-season championships from 2010 to 2012 and three berths to the NCAA Tournament.
Flores was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team at Marist, earning All-MAAC second-team honors in her senior season and being honored on the MAAC All-Rookie Team in 2005. She helped lead the Foxes to four MAAC regular-season titles, three MAAC Tournament championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance during her junior year.
Flores graduated from Marist University in 2008 with a degree in history and adolescent education.
Emily Stallings, Assistant Coach
Emily Stallings completed her fifth season as an assistant coach at American University in 2016-17.
Prior to joining head coach Megan Gebbia’s staff, Stallings served as a graduate assistant at East Stroudsburg. Stallings aided in the development of the post players, in addition to helping with practice planning and recruiting. She also served as a head and assistant coach of the Newburgh Liberty AAU team.
As a women’s basketball student-athlete at Marist, she helped the team to four MAAC Championships and NCAA appearances, including back-to-back appearances in the second round during her final two seasons. Stallings was also a two-time MAAC All-Academic Team selection.
She graduated in 2012 with a degree in mathematics and secondary education, earning her master’s degree from East Stroudsburg in secondary education.
Nicole Krusen, Director of Women's Basketball Operation...
Nicole Krusen completed her second season at American University. She comes to American from Virginia Tech, where she spent the last year as the video coordinator for the Hokies' women's basketball program.
Krusen, a 2013 graduate of Loyola University Maryland, was a four-year letterwinner for the Greyhounds, serving as a captain during her senior season (2013-14). A two-year starter, she graduated as the program's career leader in both free throw percentage (.859) and three-point field goals made.
Following her graduation from Loyola, Krusen spent a year playing at National University Ireland, Galway. There she averaged 21.9 points per game, helping the team to an undefeated regular season and earning a spot on the Irish Colleges Select Team. Additionally, she competed for the NUIG Mystics in the Irish National League, averaging 15.9 points per game.
A native of Rockville, Md., Krusen attended Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., earning first-team All-Independent School League AA honors all four years. During her high school career, she scored 1,638 career points while leading her team to an overall record of 105-21.