Colleen (Ratzlaff) Squires graduated from Kremlin High School in Kremlin, Oklahoma, and began her freshman year at Tabor College in the fall of 1986. Colleen graduated in the spring of 1990, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural and Mathematical Sciences with concentrations in Biology and Chemistry.
Colleen launched her Tabor College athletic career as a freshman participating in basketball and softball. She played softball for only one year, but did letter that year and was the team's Most Improved Player. Basketball was the sport Colleen excelled in while at Tabor College, lettering all four years.
During Colleen's freshman year on the basketball team, she averaged 10.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Her sophomore year, she averaged 18 point and 7.7 rebounds per game, was the team's Most Valuable Player, and was selected to the Kansas College Athletic Conference All-Conference Team.
During her junior year, Colleen averaged 19 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. She was the team's co-captain and Most Valuable Player and was selected as a unanimous choice to the KCAC All-Conference Frist Team. Colleen was also selected to the NAIA All-District 10 Team, the National Christian College Athletic Association All-District 6 team, and the NCCAA All-American 2nd Team. She was named Tabor's Most Valuable Female Athlete. Following is a quote taken from the March 3, 1989, Tabor View: "(I) had a really good time this year. I look at playing basketball as something to do that's fun." Clearly her attitude and overall enjoyment with playing basketball is what helped to make Colleen such a great player.
Tabor women's basketball fans expected great things from Colleen her senior year and she did not disappoint them as she averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds per game. She was again captain of the team, the team's Most Valuable Player, and a unanimous KCAC All-Conference First Team Selection. Colleen again made the NAIA All-District 10 team and the NCCAA All-District 6 team. This year she was named to the NCCAA All-American 1st Team and the NCCAA National All-Tournament Team. Colleen's senior year was capped off by being selected as Tabor's Most Valuable Female Athlete for the second time.
Coleen still holds the women's basketball career scoring record with a total of 1,688 points. She was also on every all-tournament team or Most Valuable Player of every tournament she played in from 1986-1990.
After graduating from Tabor College, Colleen attended Wichita State University and graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor's of Nursing degree. She worked at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, in the hematology bone marrow transplant unit from 1992-1996 and then in the Surgical and Trauma Intensive Care Unit from 1996-2003.
Colleen married Mike Squires in 1992.
Colleen (Ratzlaff) Squires had an outstanding basketball career while at Tabor College. We honor her tonight as a member of the Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame.