- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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Northwestern first-year coach Chris Collins is set to hire Armon Gates as the final assistant to his staff, according to a source.
Gates has spent the past two seasons as an assistant to Loyola coach Porter Moser. He was also an assistant coach at TCU and Kent State and a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky.
Northwestern is expected to announce the hiring of Gates once he is cleared through a background check, according to the source.
Moser said Monday that Collins was receiving a quality coach, recruiter and person.
"I think Armon is a rising star," Moser said. "He did a great job for me the two years he was here. He's a high-energy guy, a high-character guy. He was a good friend as well as a good colleague. I wish him all the best. Chris is getting a good one. Northwestern is getting a good person and good coach."
Gates is from the Chicago area and played at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, Ill. He played at Kent State and earned his master's degree from the school in 2007.
Gates will complete Collins' staff. Collins previously announced the hiring of assistant coaches Brian James and Patrick Baldwin. Tavaras Hardy recently left Northwestern's staff to take an assistant position at Georgetown.