A St. Louis native with a deep commitment to the city, Surge owner Khalia Collier is dedicated to her new franchise and sees it as a way to encourage opportunities for young women in professional athletics. She is a strong believer that St. Louis can be the best sports town in the country, and is working hard to bring a WNBA team to St. Louis. Collier values hard work, education, excellence and sportsmanship, all reasons she believes the Surge will succeed as both an organization and a team.
When asked why she took over ownership of the St. Louis Surge, Collier stated,
“Now is the time for St. Louis to have a professional women’s team right here in our own city. It does not make sense for such a large city not to have a basketball team. In my opinion the city is well over due.”
With a history in basketball, Collier began playing at the age of five and continued into her high school and collegiate career. Collier was a Division I recruit in high school and later attended Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri as a shooting guard for two years. She finished her basketball career at Missouri Baptist University where she played as a guard/forward. Collier obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications in 2010 from Missouri Baptist University and currently works for the St. Louis Surge full-time as Surge Owner and General Manager.
Family is a high priority in Collier’s life and she has now made the Surge a permanent member,
“With the support of the community the Surge will become a part of the St. Louis family. We have a chance to do something great and as mentors and remodels in the community; we will change lives. The Surge is here to leave our mark,” said Collier.