Loyola’s Armon Gates to join NU basketball staff

Dec 15, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Loyola (Il) Ramblers guard Devon Turk (4) is greeted by his teammates after scoring against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the first half at Joseph J. Gentile Center. The Loyola (Il) Ramblers defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs 59-51. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern will hire Loyola assistant coach Armon Gates to fill the Tavaras Hardy vacancy, who left for Georgetown.

Gates, 29, played his prep career at Hillcrest High in the southern suburbs. He played guard at Kent State, graduating in 2006 before spending a year as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky in their lone Sweet 16 appearance. He spent two years at his Alma mater and then coached a year at TCU coaching NU forward Nikola Cerina.

Gates joined Porter Moser’s coaching staff at Loyola in 2011, replacing fellow NU assisant Pat Baldwin. His two seasons saw the Ramblers reach a 22-39 overall record.

The Gates hire fills out Chris Collins’ staff and gives NU a head coach and three assistants from the Chicagoland area. NU’s athletic department is scheduled to make the official announcement later this week.

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Topics: Armon Gates, Big Ten, Chris Collins, Northwestern, Northwestern Basketball, Tavaras Hardy

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