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Milwaukee names Northwestern assistant Patrick Baldwin as head coach

One of Chris Collins’ assistants has reportedly signed a five-year deal up north.

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has hired Patrick Baldwin to become its next head coach, as reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Both sides have agreed to a five-year deal.

The Milwaukee job opened after LaVall Jordan departed to take the job at Butler opened by Christ Holtmann’s departure to Ohio State. Jordan left after just one season in Milwaukee. Baldwin was listed as a candidate for the Milwaukee job last season, and his resumé only got better after Northwestern made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2016-17. Milwaukee went 11-24 last season in the Horizon League.

Baldwin previously played for Northwestern and was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 1994. He also was an assistant at Missouri State. This will be his first run at being a Division I head coach. Congratulations to him, he deserves a head coaching spot after what he’s accomplished.

UPDATE 7 p.m. CST: Northwestern has confirmed the news.

Also of note, Patrick Baldwin’s son Patrick Baldwin Jr. is one of the top freshman in the state and is currently going to high school in the Chicago area. Any hopes of Baldwin Jr. staying with his father’s school might now be in question.