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Coaches


Chris Collins • Head Coach


Chris Collins is in his seventh season as the head coach at Northwestern. He was named the University’s 24th head men’s basketball coach on March 27, 2013.

In Collins’ first four years at the helm, he has led Northwestern to an increased win total each season.

Collins led the Wildcats to heights never before reached during the 2016-17 season. The unforgettable campaign saw Northwestern accumulate a school-record 24 wins while earning the program’s first NCAA tournament berth and victory in school history.

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Chris Lauten
Camp Director / Director of Basketball Operations


Chris Lauten is in his seventh season as the team's director of basketball operations.

His duties include assisting in all day-to-day operations of the Wildcat basketball program, including scheduling, team travel, serving as the team's academic liaison and directing the summer basketball camps.

Lauten came to Northwestern after working for the NBA Development League in New York, N.Y., since October of 2008. During his time with the NBA D-League, Lauten was responsible for scouting and signing players for the league's annual draft, for processing player personnel-related transactions, for providing NBA teams with information highlighting the D-League's top prospects and for managing the basketball operations behind the league's Showcase, All-Star and Summer League events among other responsibilities. He also served as an NBA Employee Volunteer from 2010-12, where he mentored New York-based middle school students.

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JON BOROVICH • Assistant Coach


Jon Borovich was named an assistant coach in May of 2019.

Borovich comes to the Wildcats after eight seasons (2011-19) as a member of the Northern Illinois coaching staff, four of which were as the associate head coach. Prior to his arrival in DeKalb, he spent four seasons (2007-11) as an assistant coach at Dayton and two campaigns (2005-07) as an assistant at Oakland.

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Brian James • Assistant Coach


Brian James is in his seventh season as an assistant coach at Northwestern on Chris Collins' staff.

James served as Collins' coach during his high school career at Glenbrook North where he helped Collins gain McDonald's All-America status as well as the title of Illinois' Mr. Basketball.

"We're very excited to add Brian James to our staff," Collins said. "He has been a big part of my family going back to my high school days when he was my coach. Brian has been a great mentor for me. A lot of the things that I have carried with me throughout my playing and coaching career are things that I've learned from him. I look forward to having him on staff to lend his expertise. His experience coaching great players in the NBA for so many years will be a huge asset to our program as we move forward."

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Emanuel Dildy • Assistant Coach


Emanuel Dildy joined the Northwestern men's basketball staff as an assistant coach in May of 2018.

“We are thrilled to add Emanuel and his wife, Rebekah, to the Northwestern Basketball family,” Northwestern head coach Collins said at the time of Dildy's hire. “Emanuel is a Chicago guy who comes from a great basketball family. He’s got great energy, passion and enthusiasm for the game. He’s going to bring a strong work ethic and character to our program. We’re excited to have him join us as we move forward.”

“I am tremendously excited to join the Northwestern University men’s basketball staff,” said Dildy. “I’m extremely eager for the opportunity to help Coach Collins and staff continue to push the NU program to new heights both on and off the court.”

Dildy replaces Armon Gates who recently was hired as an assistant coach at Nebraska.

A Chicago native, Dildy joins Northwestern after spending the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach at Valparaiso. During his lone season with the Crusaders, Dildy was key in the player development of Tavon Walker and Bakari Evelyn, helping them earn Missouri Valley Conference All-Defensive Team and All-Newcomer Team honors, respectively.

During the 2016-17 season, Dildy coached in the Southeastern Conference as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri. Under Dildy’s tutelage, Jordan Barnett developed into one of the SEC’s most productive perimeter players, leading the team in scoring with an average of 12.2 points per game.

Prior to arriving at Mizzou, Dildy worked for three seasons (2013-16) as an assistant coach at Loyola Chicago. Dildy’s player development and recruiting efforts helped lead Loyola to a College Basketball Invitational title in 2014-15 and later helped Loyola earn an NCAA Final Four appearance during the 2017-18 season.

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BRYANT MCINTOSH • Assistant Director of Operations


McIntosh enters his first season as the team's assistant director of basketball operations in 2019-20.

Sullivan-Ubben Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Collins announced that former Northwestern standout Bryant McIntosh is returning as the program’s assistant director of basketball operations.

“We are really excited to bring Bryant back home,” said Collins. “He is one of the all-time great players in Northwestern history and was a big part of us reaching our first NCAA tournament. As a student-athlete he was instrumental in helping us build our program, and to bring him back to help mentor these young players and show them what it takes to be a Northwestern basketball player is going to be a big addition.”

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Jenifer Marr • Administrative Assistant


Jenifer Marr is in her ninth season as administrative assistant for Northwestern's men's basketball program. Her duties include coordinating and staffing basketball promotional events, and assisting coaches with recruiting travel. She also assists in the Pound The Rock Club, Northwestern's official booster club for men's basketball.

During the weekends, Marr's voice graces the airwaves as rock music DJ on 95.1 WIIL-FM from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Marr graduated in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in education from Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy. She previously worked at the Sports Aquatics Center (SPAC) as program coordinator from 1989 to 1996. She and her three sons reside in the northern suburbs.

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JerShon Cobb • Director of Player Development