Nikki (Colson) Harrington - Outstanding Athlete

2000 Graduate | Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Nikki (Colson) Harrington - Volleyball, Basketball pius x hall of fame

Colson excelled at volleyball throughout high school and college, writing a decorated story along the way. She was the first freshman to earn a starting position for Coach Jake Moore, earning four varsity letters. She was eventually named a four time All-City selection and four time All-State selection, winning three straight State Championship trophies from 1997-1999. She graduated holding Pius X records in assists in a match, season, and career. She also held the record for ace serves in a career.

In addition to her records at Pius X, she graduated as the Nebraska high school record holder in assists for a match and career. Not only were Colson’s teams the first in Pius X history to win gold in volleyball, they never lost a match to a Class B school.

Colson led volleyball teams completed a four year record of 113-21. She also lettered in basketball.

Colson continued her playing career at Michigan State University, earning All-Big 10 honors and multiple awards for her accomplishments as a setter. While serving as a three year captain for MSU, Colson set records for assists in a season and career and was twice named MVP of the Spartans. She was named to the Dean’s List and graduated with a degree in Communications from MSU before earning a Master’s in Speech Pathology from the University of Nebraska.

Nikki works for Lincoln Public Schools and has been married to her husband Corey for ten years. The couple has one daughter, Evelyn.

Nikki (Colson) Harrington: “I remember being challenged by Coach Moore to outwork other athletes across the state and to honor the small details that make a huge difference in the end. We lifted weights at 6am, ran sprints during the hot summer mornings, and ended each practice with the dreaded “Thunderbolt drill.” Coach Moore set the bar high for hard work and attention to detail -two characteristics that stuck with me upon graduation and helped me succeed throughout my collegiate career, graduate school, my professional career as a speech-language pathologist, and now as a wife and mother. I am so thankful for my experience as a student athlete at Pius X and the wonderful coaches and teammates that helped me cultivate invaluable life lessons that I still rely on today.”