Chris Collins

Chris Collins (born April 20, 1974)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Northwestern Wildcats
Current conference: Big Ten Conference
Northwestern record: 177-174 (.504)
Overall record: 177-174 (.504)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2013-present Northwestern
2008-2013 Duke (assoc. HC)
2000-2008 Duke (asst)
1998-2000 Seton Hall (asst)
1998 Detroit Shock (asst)

Chris Collins Facts

  • Christopher Ryan Collins
  • Born April 20, 1974
  • Hometown: Northbrook, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: Duke University (1996)
  • Father is former NBA coach and player Doug Collins, who spent time as head coach of the Bulls, Pistons, Wizards and 76ers, as well as eight seasons as a player for the 76ers
  • Played at Glenbrook North HS (IL) and was named Illinois Mr. Basketball and a McDonald’s All-American in 1992
  • Played for four seasons with the Duke Blue Devils under legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski
    • Selected as Duke’s team captain as a senior in 1995-96, named All-ACC Second Team in 1996 and played in the 1994 NCAA Final Four
    • Played professional basketball in Finland from 1996-97 before spending one year as an assistant with the WNBA’s Detroit Shock
  • Returned to the college ranks in 1998, working as an assistant on Tommy Amaker‘s staff at Seton Hall for two seasons
  • Spent thirteen seasons on Krzyzewski‘s staff at his alma mater, the last five as Duke’s associate head coach
    • Was instrumental in recruiting Jon Scheyer, a star recruit out of his alma mater Glenbrook North; Scheyer played at Duke for four seasons and has since become the Blue Devils’ head coach
  • Hired as the head coach at Northwestern in March 2013
    • In his fourth year, he led the Wildcats to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, a historic first for the men’s basketball program
    • After a few down years, the 2022-23 Wildcats finished 2nd in the Big Ten and returned to the NCAA Tournament as a 7-seed; Collins was named Big Ten COY and given the Jim Phelan Award as National COY
    • In May 2023, Collins had his contract extended trough the 2027-28 season; that following season, they returned for a third NCAAT bid and again won their first game before being eliminated in the Round of 32

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