Patrick Baldwin has been named head coach of the UW-Milwaukee men’s basketball team. Baldwin joins UWM from Northwestern University and becomes the seventh head coach since Milwaukee’s 1990 move to NCAA Division I.
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.
That culminated last season with a school-record 24 victories and the first NCAA tournament berth in school history. NU’s 2016-17 season also included 10 wins in Big Ten play for the first time since the 1930s. That followed what was a school-record 20 wins during the 2015-16 campaign.
As an assistant coach at NU, where he worked primarily with the guards, Baldwin helped the Wildcats land recruiting classes ranked in the nation’s top 30.
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.
Baldwin played professionally in Bosnia and Croatia before joining the coaching ranks. He 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.
Baldwin was a standout player for Northwestern from 1990-94. He still ranks first in school history with 272 career steals, second all-time with 452 assists and 20th with 1,189 points. His 90 steals as a freshman in 1990-91 are the school’s single-season record, while his 154 assists as a senior in 1993-94 rank third in school history.
Patrick and Shawn (née Karey – herself a former Northwestern volleyball player) have four children: Patrick, Tatum, Brooke and Claire.