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Coaches


Chris Collins • Head Coach


Chris Collins is in his fifth 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 fifth 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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Billy Donlon • Assistant Coach


Billy Donlon joined the Northwestern men’s basketball program as an assistant coach in June 2017.

The ties to the Northwestern program run deep for Donlon. His father, Bill, served as an assistant coach for the Wildcats under head coach Bill Foster for seven seasons from 1986-93. Billy Donlon’s homecoming reunited him with current NU assistant Brian James who was his high school coach at nearby Glenbrook North High School, the same school attended by head coach Chris Collins.

Donlon’s lone season in Ann Arbor saw Michigan post a 26-12 record, including winning four games in four days to capture the Big Ten tournament title. The Wolverines went on to advance to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament.

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Brian James • Assistant Coach


Brian James is in his fifth 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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Tad Glibert • Assistant Director of Operations


Tad Glibert is in his fourth season with the men's basketball program and currently serves as the video coordinator.

Glibert's responsibilities include coordinating film exchange with other universities, managing film operations for practices and games, assisting with team travel, and helping the coaching staff with on-campus recruiting events and tasks. Proficient in SportsCode, Glibert creates highlight films using video organizers and other computer software tools.

He also assists the Director of Basketball Operations in overseeing the team's managers and coordinating summer camps.

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Jenifer Marr • Administrative Assistant


Jenifer Marr is in her seventh 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


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