DeKALB, Ill. -- Longtime Michigan State assistant Mark Montgomery is the new head basketball coach at Northern Illinois.

The announcement was made Wednesday and a news conference will be held Thursday.

Montgomery, who played at Michigan State and is third in school history in assists and steals, coached four years at Central Michigan and spent the last 10 seasons with Tom Izzo, the last four as associate head coach.

He succeeds Ricardo Patton, who had a 35-83 mark in four seasons.