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How Coaching In The WNBA Jumpstarted Chris Collins' Coaching Career

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Chris Collins (@coach_collins) is the Head Basketball Coach at Northwestern University. Before arriving, Collins spent 13 years as an assistant coach for Duke and also worked closely with the USA Men's Basketball teams that won Olympic Gold Medals in 2008 and 2012. As a player, Collins received Illinois' top high school honor as 'Mr. Basketball' and went on to an illustrious career at Duke University.

Collins' first coaching job was with the Detroit Shock of the WNBA. This invaluable experience gave Collins a better appreciation for the game and it allowed him to realize how important it is that players buy into a coaching philosophy. Because the women on his team were so accepting of his coaching, it gave him the confidence he needed to teach the game, having only played before. This confidence allowed him to develop his coaching skills and have a greater respect for the game as a whole. In that year, Collins learned leadership skills and the importance of attentive players, two things which he still values and uses today.