Duke’s Collins reportedly interested in Northwestern
Northwestern fired longtime coach Bill Carmody on Saturday, and Duke associate head coach Chris Collins is among the candidates to replace him.
According to a source, Collins has interest in the job and would discuss it with Northwestern officials if the school reaches out to him. Northwestern had not done so as of Saturday.
A native of the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, Collins was a team captain as a senior and four-year letterman as a player for Duke from 1993-96. He has been an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff since July 22, 2000, and was promoted to associate head coach in 2008.
Collins, along with fellow Duke associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski, also helped Krzyzewski run U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team practices when the Americans won gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Carmody spent 13 seasons at Northwestern and, like every coach before him, failed to lead the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament. He finished with a 192-210 overall record, including 13-19 this season when Northwestern lost its final nine games.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Collins, Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen, Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew and Northern Iowa’s Ben Jacobson are among those expected to receive consideration from Northwestern athletics director Jim Phillips.
Collins is well-known in the Chicago area, where his father, Doug, is a former Chicago Bulls head coach. An All-American player at Illinois State before his NBA career with Philadelphia, Doug Collins currently is the Philadelphia 76ers head coach.