Chris Collins (basketball)

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Chris Collins
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Collins coaching Northwestern in March 2015
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Northwestern
Conference Big Ten
Record 88–77
Biographical details
Born (1974-04-19) April 19, 1974 (age 44)
Playing career
1992–1996 Duke
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998 Detroit Shock (assistant)
1998–2000 Seton Hall (assistant)
2000–2013 Duke (assistant)
2013–present Northwestern
Head coaching record
Overall 88–77
Tournaments 1–1 (NCAA Division I)
Accomplishments and honors
Illinois Mr. Basketball (1992)

Christopher Ryan Collins (born April 19, 1974) is an American basketball player and coach from Northbrook, Illinois. He is currently the head men's coach at Northwestern University. Collins previously served as associate head coach of the Duke University men's basketball team and is the son of National Basketball Association (NBA) player, coach, and commentator Doug Collins.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Collins awards in high school included Illinois Mr. Basketball, McDonald's All American, and McDonald's All American 3 point champion. After graduating from Glenbrook North High School he went on to play at Duke University. Collins received many honors for his play at Duke and was named to the All-ACC rookie team as a freshman in 1993. During his senior year, he was team captain, named Second Team All-ACC and also was awarded the Swett-Baylin Memorial Trophy, which is a trophy for Duke's MVP. He was the first player from Glenbrook North ever to play in college.

After graduating from Duke, he played professional basketball in Finland for two years.

Coaching career[edit]

Collins returned to the United States and became an assistant coach in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) for the Detroit Shock for one year under head coach Nancy Lieberman; and at Seton Hall for two years under head coach Tommy Amaker. In 2000, he returned to his alma mater at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski as an assistant coach and was promoted to associate coach in the summer of 2008.[1]

He was instrumental in Duke's signing of Jon Scheyer, a fellow Glenbrook North Mr. Basketball winner (2006), who, like Collins, had also considered attending Illinois.

When Bill Carmody was fired as head coach of Northwestern in March 2013, Collins was immediately mentioned as a primary target.[2] Collins' hiring was announced March 27, 2013.[3] After three years of gradual improvement, the 2016-17 season saw Collins lead the Wildcats to their best season since before World War II. The Wildcats finished with their first winning Big Ten Conference record in 49 years, earned their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, and went to win their first NCAA Tournament game. Northwestern had had been the only member of a power conference to have never made the tournament.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Northwestern 14–19 6–12 T–10th
2014–15 Northwestern 15–17 6–12 T–10th
2015–16 Northwestern 20–12 8–10 9th
2016–17 Northwestern 24–12 10–8 T–5th NCAA Division I Second Round
2017–18 Northwestern 15–17 6–12 10th
Northwestern: 88–77 (.533) 36–54 (.400)
Total: 88–77 (.533)


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