Collins adds Baldwin as NU assistant

Patrick Baldwin was announced Friday as the second assistant to join Northwestern coach Chris Collins’ staff.

Baldwin, a former Northwestern player, spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Missouri State and was previously at Loyola Chicago for seven seasons.

Collins also recently named Tavaras Hardy, another former Northwestern player, as an assistant to the staff. Collins is expected to name a third assistant in the near future.

“We're thrilled to have Patrick return home to his alma mater," Collins said in a statement. "Like Tavaras Hardy, he has a large amount of passion for Northwestern. It's terrific to add someone who has a first-hand experience of what it's like to be a student-athlete here as we continue to build a program with a family atmosphere. Patrick has an excellent knowledge of the Chicagoland area and is an outstanding coach with a wealth of experience.”

Baldwin played at Northwestern from 1990-94 and ranks first in school history with 272 career steals and second with 452 assists. He was the 1993-94 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

Baldwin said in a statement he looked forward to returning to Northwestern.

"I am very grateful to coach Collins for giving me this tremendous opportunity to work for him and coach at Northwestern, a place I absolutely love,” Baldwin said. “Coach Collins has a great knowledge of the game and a proven ability as a coach. His passion and love for the game resonates in all of our conversations. My personality as a player was aggressive, passionate and built on a foundation of hard work. I will work every day to bring those same attributes to coach Collins and Northwestern basketball.”