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Coaches


Chris Collins • Head Coach


Chris Collins completed his ninth season as the head men's basketball coach at Northwestern in 2021-22. He was named the University’s 24th head men’s basketball coach on March 27, 2013. Entering the 2022-23 season, Collins has guided the Wildcats to 132 victories, the third-most wins by a head coach in program history.

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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Brian James • Assistant Coach


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

James is in charge of working with the Wildcats’ post men and has developed many all-conference student-athletes during his time in Evanston. Most recently, he oversaw Pete Nance's career that saw him become the 38th player in program history to score 1,000 or more points. Nance was one of two players in the Big Ten to average 16+ points, 6+ rebounds and 2.5+ assists per game in 2021-22.

Under James, Alex Olah became Northwestern’s all-time leader in blocked shots in only three seasons while finishing with 181 for his career. He also posted 1,161 career points and left NU with 663 rebounds to rank ninth in program history in the category.

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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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Talor Battle • Assistant Coach


Talor Battle joined the Northwestern men's basketball program as an assistant coach in May of 2021

Battle served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Penn State, before joining Collins' staff. He played professionally overseas for seven years before joining the coaching ranks.

"We're excited to welcome Talor to the program," said Collins. "His track record as an elite player in this league makes him an incredible mentor for our players, and an obviously compelling recruiter. He has a great knowledge of the game and an undeniable passion for coaching that will be great additions to the staff."

"My wife Gretchen, our daughters and I are excited for the opportunity to join the Northwestern basketball program," Battle said. "With this role brings a new atmosphere, culture and family that I'm already proud to be a part of. I am fired up about the vision and direction Coach Collins has for this program. I look forward to learning from Coach Collins and accomplishing special things here in Evanston."

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JerShon Cobb • Director of Player Development













BRYANT MCINTOSH • Assistant Director of Operations


McIntosh enters his second season as the team's assistant director of basketball operations. He joined the Northwestern Basketball staff 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.”

“I am extremely grateful to Dr. Phillips, Coach Collins and the staff for giving me the opportunity to come back home,” said McIntosh. “I care deeply for this University and I am excited to be back around the program, student-athletes and staff. This is family. There is no better place to learn and grow as I begin my professional career to one day be a head coach.”

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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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