Patrick Baldwin has been named head coach of the UW-Milwaukee men’s basketball team. He joins UWM from Northwestern University and becomes the seventh head coach since Milwaukee’s 1990 move to NCAA Division I.
“We are proud to have Patrick join the UW-Milwaukee family,” said UWM Chancellor Mark Mone. “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.”
Baldwin has spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach at Northwestern, helping rebuild his alma mater into a force in the Big Ten. A key member of the Northwestern coaching staff under head coach Chris Collins, Baldwin saw the Wildcats increase their win total in each of his four years there.
Baldwin, a 1994 graduate of Northwestern, was one of the top players in school history. He still stands among the top 20 scorers, was a three-time team captain, graduated as the school’s all-time leader in steals and assists, and was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He played professionally in Bosnia and Croatia before joining the coaching ranks.
Baldwin has valuable firsthand experience in the Horizon League, beginning with two seasons as an assistant at UW-Green Bay before a seven-year stop at Loyola Chicago, where he finished as the associate head coach. Prior to arriving at Northwestern, he spent two seasons at Missouri State, where he recruited Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year Marcus Marshall.
A native of Leavenworth, Kansas, Baldwin got his coaching start during the 2001-02 season at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Patrick and his wife Shawn (née Karey – herself a former Northwestern volleyball player) have four children: Patrick, Tatum, Brooke and Claire.
Patrick Baldwin will be formally introduced during a news conference 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Union Art Gallery in the UWM Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee. The news conference will be livestreamed at MKEPanthers.com.