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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]

Chris Collins
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Collins coaching Northwestern in March 2015
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceBig Ten
Annual salary$1.43 million
Biographical details
Born (1974-04-19) April 19, 1974 (age 45)
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998Detroit Shock (assistant)
1998–2000Seton Hall (assistant)
2000–2013Duke (assistant)
Head coaching record
Tournaments1–1 (NCAA Division I)
Accomplishments and honors
Illinois Mr. Basketball (1992)


Playing careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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 been the only member of a power conference to have never made the tournament.

Coaching treeEdit

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 recordEdit

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 Round of 32
2017–18 Northwestern 15–17 6–12 10th
2018–19 Northwestern 13–19 4-16 14th
Northwestern: 101–96 (.513) 40–70 (.364)
Total: 101–96 (.513)


  1. ^ a b Chris Collins Bio –—Official Athletics Web site of Duke University
  2. ^ Johnson, Chris (March 28, 2013). "Northwestern Hires Chris Collins: Instant Analysis". Inside NU.
  3. ^ "Chris Collins Named Head Men's Basketball Coach". Northwestern University.

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