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Chris Collins adds Emanuel Dildy to coaching staff

Dildy fills the spot that came open after Armon Gates left.

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Northwestern has added Valparaiso assistant coach Emanuel Dildy to its coaching staff to serve in the same capacity, the program announced Monday morning.

“I am tremendously excited to join the Northwestern University men’s basketball staff,” Dildy said via press release. “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, a Chicago native, coached at Valpo for one season. He was an assistant at Missouri during the 2016-2017 season, and an assistant at Loyola-Chicago from 2013-2016. He played at New Mexico State for two seasons, before transferring to Eastern Illinois. He then played professional in Germany for two seasons.

“We are thrilled to add Emanuel and his wife, Rebekah, to the Northwestern Basketball family,” head coach Chris Collins said in the press release. “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.”

Dildy replaces Armon Gates, who left for Florida...and ultimately Nebraska. Like Gates, Dildy was a Loyola assistant with strong Chicago ties. He currently lives in Evanston with his family.