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Todd Townsend is set to enter his fourth season as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois, having joined the Huskie men's basketball program prior to the 2009-10 season.
During his time with the Huskies, Townsend has helped NIU land a number of high-profile recruits, including Abdel Nader, a top-10 recruit in the State of Illinois, Dre Henley, a top-25 recruit in the State of Illinois, Tim Toler, a first team junior college All-American, and highly-recruited twins Keith and Kevin Gray.
In his first two seasons at NIU, Townsend helped mentor Xavier Silas, the leading scorer in the MAC, and seventh-leading scorer in the nation, during the 2010-11 season. During Townsend's first season on staff, Silas became the first NIU player to earn All-District honors since 1999-2000. Silas has gone on to become the first Huskie to play in the NBA since 1997.
As a member of Mark Montgomery's first staff in 2011-12, Townsend helped guide one of the youngest teams in the nation. NIU saw 55.9 percent of its minutes played by freshmen, the sixth-highest percentage in the country, and the Huskies lead the MAC in offensive rebounds while ranking second in rebounding defense and third in rebounding margin. Abdel Nader became the first NIU player since 2009 to be named to the MAC All-Freshman Team.
Prior to coming to NIU, Townsend spent the 2008-09 season in Europe, playing and coaching professionally. Townsend started the season in Germany playing for the Dusseldorf Giants before finishing the season in Sweden as a player/coach with the Norrkoping Dolphins.
A native of Chicago, Townsend worked as an assistant coach at Northeastern University during the 2007-08 season under head coach Bill Coen. Townsend helped Northeastern's Matt Janning earn Second Team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors and Chaisson Allen receive CAA All-Rookie team recognition.
Before beginning his coaching career at Northeastern, Townsend served two years as the director of basketball operations at his alma mater, Marquette. Working under then-head coach Tom Crean, Townsend was part of a staff that guided the Golden Eagles to two-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, a 20-12 BIG EAST Conference record, and a combined record of 44-21 in back-to-back 20-win campaigns.
In four seasons as a player at Marquette (2001-05), Townsend helped the Golden Eagles win 91 games, advancing to postseason play in all four seasons. Marquette made two trips to the NCAA Tournament during Townsend's playing career, including a trip to the NCAA Final Four in 2003. Townsend started all 33 games on the team that reached Marquette's first Final Four since 1977. He captained Marquette during his senior season and was a two-time recipient of the Bart Miller Standard of Excellence Award during his playing career with the Golden Eagles.
Townsend earned his bachelor's degree in communication studies from Marquette in May of 2005. He has a son, Tyson, born in December of 2009, and a daughter, Leila, born in June of 2011.