Committed Fitzgerald, Collins Sign Multi-Year Contract Extensions

Northwestern University Vice President for Athletics & Recreation Jim Phillips announced Tuesday the signing of Dan and Susan Jones Family Head Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald and Sullivan-Ubben Head Men's Basketball Coach Chris Collins to multi-year contract extensions.
Fitzgerald's contract now runs through the 2026 football season.
Collins' contract has been extended through the 2024-25 campaign.
"At Northwestern we place a premium on 'institutional fit', and we have assuredly found leaders for our football and men's basketball programs that fit this University and our mission to deliver a world-class experience to our student-athletes," said Phillips. "We are distinct in having head coaches for our two anchor programs who are homegrown. Pat Fitzgerald grew up on the city's southwest side. Chris Collins attended high school less than 10 miles from Welsh-Ryan Arena. They not only understand this area, they are intimately linked to it, now for many years to come.
Tuesday's announcement and press conference was held at Under Armour's Chicago Brand House in the heart of downtown.
Chicago's media turned out in full force for the historic announcement.

Fitzgerald, the program's all-time winningest coach, has guided his alma mater to two 10-win campaigns and a pair of bowl victories in the last five years. A two-time national defensive player of the year as a Northwestern linebacker and 2008 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Fitzgerald has been a member of the Wildcats' football coaching staff since 2001 and NU's head coach since 2006. Of Northwestern's 13 all-time bowl appearances, the Orland Park, Illinois, native has been a part of 11 as either a Wildcats student-athlete or coach.

Collins guided the Wildcats to a school-record 24 victories, a berth in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal, and the program's first NCAA Tournament victory in 2016-17. Northwestern has increased its season win total in each of the four seasons he has been at the helm in Evanston.

"This is a commitment to championships." - Pat Fitzgerald

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