Northwestern has reportedly reached an agreement to a long contract extension with men’s basketball coach Chris Collins.
After leading the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history last month, Collins has agreed with the Wildcats on a “lengthy” extension, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported Monday. Goodman added that Collins would only leave Evanston, Ill., for an elite college job or an NBA job.
Northwestern, coach Chris Collins agree to contact extension
Northwestern's Chris Collins has agreed to a lengthy contract extension, source told ESPN. Would likely take an… https://t.co/XJJWN0ZZ8V
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 24, 2017
The 43-year-old Collins played at Duke and was a team captain his senior season (1995-96). He first coached college basketball as an assistant at Seton Hall for two seasons before returning to Duke as an assistant for the 2000-01 season.
Collins eventually took over at Northwestern prior to the 2013-14 season, winning 14, 15, then 20 games in his first three seasons.
This past season, Collins led the Wildcats to a 24-12 record, including 10-8 in the Big Ten. Northwestern was also briefly ranked.
After reaching the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, the Wildcats earned a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, then beat 9-seed Vanderbilt, 68-66, for the program’s first NCAA Tournament win. The Wildcats then pushed top-seeded and eventual national runner-up Gonzaga before losing 79-73 in the second round.