Chris Collins became the second former Duke University basketball player to land a college head coaching job this week, taking over at Northwestern University.
One day after former teammate Bobby Hurley became coach at the University of Buffalo, Collins was hired to replace Bill Carmody at Northwestern, the school said yesterday on its website.
Collins, who will become the 24th head coach of the Wildcats, will remain with Duke as an assistant to coach Mike Krzyzewski until the end of the Blue Devils’ season. Duke plays Michigan State in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament’s round of 16 tomorrow.
“Northwestern University is a special place that strives for excellence in every regard, and our program will be no different,” Collins said in a statement. “I can’t possibly thank Coach Krzyzewski and Duke University enough for preparing me for this day.”
Collins is a native of Northbrook, Illinois, which is about 10 miles from Evanston, Illinois-based Northwestern.
Collins, 38, the son of former National Basketball Association player and current Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins, graduated from Duke in 1996.
After playing professionally in Finland for two years, Collins spent a season as an assistant for the Detroit Shock of the Women’s National Basketball Association. He then became an assistant at Seton Hall for two years under another former Duke player, Tommy Amaker, who now coaches at Harvard.
Collins joined Duke’s coaching staff in 2000 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2008. The Blue Devils won national titles during his tenure in 2001 and 2010.
Hurley, who was a senior on Duke’s basketball team when Collins was a freshman, two days ago was given his first head coaching position at Buffalo. He had been an associate head coach at Rhode Island.
Carmody was fired March 16 after 13 years at Northwestern. The Wildcats went 192-210 under Carmody, posting a 13-19 record this season. He moved to Northwestern in 2000 after four years as Princeton’s coach.
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