Tulsa hires Nelp to lead women’s basketball program

TU has hired Oklahoma native Angie Nelp as head coach of the Golden Hurricane women’s basketball team.

Nelp (née Gorton) spent the past four seasons as associated head coach at Arizona State University. She is the 11th coach in Tulsa program history.

“I am extremely humbled and excited to be the next head coach of the women’s basketball team at The University of Tulsa,” Nelp said in a university-distributed news release. “I want to thank Interim President Janet Levit, Rick Dickson and Crista Troester for entrusting me with the growth and development of this program and the student-athletes who make it so special.

“Our team will represent the values of this great university and its commitment to excellence. We will be a team that plays for each other, gives our best effort in all we do, and competes for championships. My family and I are looking forward to being part of the TU family.”

Nelp helped lead ASU to two NCAA Tournament appearances.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Angie, [her husband] Jake and family to The University of Tulsa. It’s an exciting day for our university, athletics department and women’s basketball program,” Tulsa Athletic Director Rick Dickson said. “Angie brings the enthusiasm and tenacity that we were looking for in our new coach. She has a passion to see that her student-athletes succeed not only on the court but in all phases of life.

“Everyone we talked to about her raved about Angie’s energy, leadership, work ethic, basketball knowledge, her ability to connect with people and be a stellar role model for young women. We’re excited that she’s now a part of our TU family.”

Nelp’s previous stops included Rice and Mercer.

Nelp is from Eufaula, Okla. and played high school basketball at Canadian High School, leading the team to the 1998 Oklahoma State Championship while earning state tournament MVP honors.

Former TU head coach Matilda Mossman retired in March after ten years at the helm.