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April 19, 2013

Baldwin returns to NU

EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern head men's basketball coach Chris Collins has announced the addition of Patrick Baldwin to the team's staff as an assistant coach.

A 1994 graduate of Northwestern, Baldwin returns to Evanston after most recently serving as an assistant coach at Missouri State for the last two seasons.

"We're thrilled to have Patrick return home to his alma mater," Collins said. "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."

"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," said Baldwin. "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 everyday to bring those same attributes to Coach Collins and Northwestern Basketball."

Prior to spending two seasons on Paul Lusk's staff at Missouri State, Baldwin spent seven seasons at Loyola Chicago. He was an assistant coach for six seasons before being promoted to the role of associate head coach for the 2010-11 campaign.

Baldwin was a standout player for Northwestern from 1990-94. He ranks first in school history with 272 career steals, second all-time with 452 assists and 19th with 1,189 points. His 90 steals as a freshman in 1990-91 are the school single-season record, while his 154 assists as a senior in 1993-94 rank second in school history, only trailing the 157 handed out by Tim Doyle in 2006-06.

Baldwin is the Northwestern single-game leader with 14 assists against Youngstown State on Dec. 5, 1992 and nine steals vs. Oakland Nov. 27, 1990. He posted seven or more steals in a game six times during his career and was named the 1993-94 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

Following his graduation from NU, Baldwin spent three years as a business analyst at Dean Foods in Rosemont, Ill., before playing professional basketball in Bosnia and Croatia from 1999-2001.

The Levenworth, Kan., native got his coaching start at Division II Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., during the 2001-02 season. From there, he coached for two years at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay before coming back to Chicago as a member of the staff at Loyola.

Baldwin and his wife, Shawn, have four children: Patrick Jr., Tatum, Brooke and Claire.



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