Megan Gebbia, Head Coach
Megan Gebbia is entering her fourth season as the head coach of the American University women's basketball team.
In her second year at the helm of the program, Gebbia guided American to its first Patriot League Tournament title, as the Eagles advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. AU posted a 24-9 overall mark in 2014-15, setting the 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, which laid the foundation for the Eagles’ tournament run.
For her team’s success, Gebbia was voted the 2015 Patriot League Coach of the Year, while two of her players—seniors Jen Dumiak and Shaquilla Curtis—were tabbed the PL Player of the Year and PL Defensive of the Year, respectively. Dumiak was a first-team all-league selection, while senior Arron Zimmerman and junior Michelle Holmes each earned third-team all-league honors.
“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.”
In her first season at American, Gebbia led the Eagles to a 22-10 record, becoming the winningest first-year head coach in program history. A finalist for the Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award, Gebbia helped the Eagles earn an at-large berth to 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. Gebbia made an immediate impact on the Eagles’ play, taking over a team that ranked fifth in the conference in scoring defense a year prior to fifth in the nation in 2013-14. She also helped develop three All-Patriot League selections in Alexis Dobbs, Dumiak and Zimmerman.
After just two seasons at American, Gebbia’s overall career winning percentage of .701 ranks first in the Patriot League record books. Additionally, Gebbia has led American to an impressive 30-6 mark in regular-season Patriot League play and a 4-1 PL Tournament record.
In addition to leading the Eagles to success on the court, Gebbia has guided players that have excelled in the classroom. In 2013-14, Dobbs was selected as the Patriot League Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Dumiak earned the same honor in 2014-15. 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 13 players to 16 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selections.
Gebbia arrived at American after spending the previous 10 seasons at Marist College, serving as the associate head coach for her last seven seasons.
“I am tremendously excited to announce Megan Gebbia as American University's Head Women's Basketball Coach,” said Walker at the time of her hiring. “Megan clearly shares our department's philosophy regarding the value of intercollegiate athletics as a complement to the University's academic mission. She also clearly expressed her belief in the critical role athletics can play in the overall educational process and character development of our student-athletes.”
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 a 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, in which the Eagles went 16-12.
Gebbia began her coaching career at her alma mater, Towson, and 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 enters her fourth 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.
Coll graduated from UMBC in 2003 with a degree in issues and athletic administration and received her Master’s in sociology from St. John’s in 2007.
Nikki Flores, Assistant Coach
Nikki Flores begins her fourth 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 enters her fourth 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 is in her first 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.