UW-Milwaukee Panthers hire Northwestern assistant Patrick Baldwin as new basketball coach

Posted at 10:35 AM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 20:32:17-04

MILWAUKEE -- TODAY'S TMJ4  has confirmed, an assistant at a growing Big Ten power is moving 90 miles north to Milwaukee.

Pat Baldwin, an alumnus and assistant coach at Northwestern, is coming to Milwaukee to run the Panthers' basketball program.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman reports he has agreed to a five-year deal.

“We are proud to have Patrick join the UW-Milwaukee family,” said UWM Chancellor Mark Mone in a statement.

“His deep commitment to have our student-athletes succeed in the classroom as well as on the court reflects the values of Milwaukee basketball. I know he will also play an important role in helping to connect our university to the community.”

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity to lead a program that has a great tradition of winning, resources to help facilitate our ascension in the Horizon League and commitment from the entire administration,” Baldwin said in the same statement.

“Our main goal and focus is to compete and win championships. I can’t wait to get started with our current roster of student-athletes and work toward achieving great success both on and off the court.”

This is the third new coach at UWM in 27 months, after the firing of Rob Jeter in March 2016 and the departure of LaVall Jordan earlier this month to Butler University.

Baldwin has served as an assistant at Northwestern under Chris Collins for two years after being an assistant at Missouri State. Northwestern made its first NCAA Tournament last year and won in the first round.

He also played with Northwestern in the early 1990's and set the all-time school steals record.