Evanston, IL (Sports Network) - Northwestern University announced Wednesday
that the school has hired Chris Collins as the Wildcats' next men's basketball
Collins, who is currently an assistant and associate head coach at Duke
University, become's Northwestern's 24th leader of the men's basketball
"We're thrilled to welcome Chris, his wife, Kim, and their children, Ryan and
Kate, home to Chicago and into the Northwestern family," vice president for
athletics & recreation Jim Phillips said. "He has a tremendous pedigree as a
basketball coach and will be an outstanding leader for Chicago's Big Ten Team,
and mentor for our student-athletes. After a thorough and comprehensive search
process, there is no doubt he is a perfect fit for this institution and our
men's basketball program."
The 38-year-old Collins, who will stay with Duke as the team still plays out
its season in the Sweet 16, is a former four-year letterwinner for the Blue
Devils from 1993-96. He ranks 11th on Duke's all-time leading list for made 3-
point field goals (209) and earned all Atlantic Coast Conference honors his
senior season in Durham.
A native of nearby Northbrook, Illinois, Collins has been with Duke since 2000
and was named associate head coach behind Mike Krzyzewski in 2008. His father,
Doug Collins, is the current head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Northwestern recently let go of longtime head coach Bill Carmody, who led the
Wildcats to a 13-19 mark this past season and compiled a 192-210 record over
13 years in Evanston. The Wildcats haven't made the NCAA Tournament in 75
The school also announced that a formal news conference will be held at a
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