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Duke Assistant Chris Collins Officially Named Head Coach of Northwestern Wildcats

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Mark Dolejs-US Presswire

Chris Collins was yesterday named the Northwestern Wildcats men’s basketball coach Wednesday night.

This is huge for the Wildcats program. Collins brings with him championship pedigree and a great talent for recruiting, especially Chicago area talent.

Collins has been an assistant to coach to Mike Krzyzewski since 2000. This is his first head coaching position.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Chris, his wife, Kim, and their children, Ryan and Kate, home to Chicago and into the Northwestern family,” Northwestern athletic director 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.”

Collins was Illinois’ Mr. Basketball when he played at Glenbrook North High School (Northbrook, IL); he also played for Krzyzewski from 1993-96.

“Northwestern University is a special place that strives for excellence in every regard, and our program will be no different,” Collins said. “I can’t possibly thank Coach Krzyzewski and Duke University enough for preparing me for this day.”

This will one day be looked back on as a huge day in the history of Northwestern Wildcats basketball; expect big things from head coach Collins as he will be known next year.

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