Chris Collins (basketball)
Collins coaching Northwestern in March 2015
|Annual salary||$1.43 million|
|Born||April 19, 1974|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1998||Detroit Shock (assistant)|
|1998–2000||Seton Hall (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|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.
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.
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.
When Bill Carmody was fired as head coach of Northwestern in March 2013, Collins was immediately mentioned as a primary target. Collins' hiring was announced March 27, 2013. 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 been the only member of a power conference to have never made the tournament.
These former players and assistant coaches of Collins later became head coaches at the collegiate or professional levels.
|Name||Latest school / organization as head coach||Relationship||Years with Collins|
|Billy Donlon||UMKC||Assistant coach||2017-2019|
Head coaching record
|Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (2013–present)|
|2016–17||Northwestern||24–12||10–8||T–5th||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|Northwestern:||101–96 (.513)||40–70 (.364)|
- Chris Collins Bio – GoDuke.com—Official Athletics Web site of Duke University
- Johnson, Chris (March 28, 2013). "Northwestern Hires Chris Collins: Instant Analysis". Inside NU.
- "Chris Collins Named Head Men's Basketball Coach". Northwestern University.