Chris Collins is close to rounding out his coaching staff, with a source saying that the hiring of former Northwestern guard Patrick Baldwin will be announced soon.
The Tribune reported Tuesday that Baldwin was a candidate to join Collins’ staff. Tavaras Hardy has been retained, and the hiring of Brian James could be announced next week. James coached Collins at Glenbrook North and has been an assistant for five NBA teams, including Philadelphia.
Chris Collins said that if James comes to Evanston, he would bring “a wealth of experience. And loyalty is big as well.”
Loyalty has been a key for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. Coach K has made a practice of hiring former Duke players such as Collins, Jeff Capel, Steve Wojciechowski and Johnny Dawkins.
“That was special about our culture,” Collins said. “It means more to guys” when they played for the school.
Baldwin not only played at Northwestern, he was the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1994. A rugged guard who played for Bill Foster and Ricky Byrdsong in the early 1990s, Baldwin holds the NU record for career steals (272) is second in assists (452) and 19th in scoring (1,189 points). His 14 assists and nine steals are single-game program highs.
Baldwin recently completed his second season at Missouri State after logging seven years at Loyola. So he knows the Chicago landscape.
A Kansas native, he worked for three years as a business analyst for Dean Foods in Rosemont before playing in Bosnia and Croatia. He’s married to former NU volleyball player Shawn Carey.
Collins wants to add to his staff as soon as possible because beginning Friday, coaches are allowed to evaluate players at AAU tournaments.