June 7, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern University head men's basketball coach Chris Collins has joined the National Advisory Board of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing "Better Athletes, Better People" by providing all youth and high school athletes with a positive, character-building youth sports experience.
"We are very excited to have Chris join our National Advisory Board," said PCA Founder and CEO Jim Thompson. "His enthusiasm for basketball and his focus on creating a positive, winning culture at Northwestern reflects the values PCA hopes to see throughout sports and serves as a great example for youth and high school coaches."
Added PCA-Chicago Executive Director Jason Sacks, "It's obvious Chris is a great fit for PCA. His experience as a player and a coach at such a high level has equipped him with the tools to not only get the most out of his players on the court, but also to help set them up for success in all walks of life."
Collins, a Chicago-area native who played high school basketball at Glenbrook North High School, starred at Duke University, where he went on to serve as an assistant coach for 13 years. Collins also worked closely with the USA Basketball teams that won Olympic Gold Medals in 2008 and 2012.
Collins joins Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald as a PCA National Advisory Board Member, as well as former Northwestern University Athletic Director and current President and CEO of the Green Bay Packers Mark Murphy. Collins has ties to other PCA supporters, including Tommy Amaker (current Harvard head basketball coach and former head coach at Seton Hall, where Collins served as his assistant) and Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, whose son Austin was recruited to Duke by Collins.
"I am honored to be a part of the PCA Movement," said Collins. "The work PCA is doing is critical for the culture of youth and high schools sports. I'm happy to be associated with so many great supporters of PCA, including Coach Fitz here at Northwestern."
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