Former Buffalo head basketball coach Nate Oats has been hired as the head coach for the Alabama basketball program, the university announced Wednesday afternoon.
Oats was the 2018 and 2019 MAC coach of the year and a finalist for national coach of the year this season. At 44-years-old, Oats led the Bulls to the NCAA Tournament three times in his four years at the school including winning games in each of the last two years. His record at Buffalo was 97-43 (.693) overall with a 52-20 mark in-conference.
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“We are thrilled to welcome Nate and Crystal Oats and their three daughters to The University of Alabama,” Greg Byrne said in the announcement. “I have been watching Coach Oats for the last few years as he has led the University at Buffalo to unprecedented heights. His commitment to developing the student-athlete both on and off the court was what really stuck out. As we spoke to some of the best college and pro basketball minds in the country, his name came up time and time again. Coach Oats will hit the ground running starting tonight, and we look forward to him having a long and successful career with the Alabama Crimson Tide.”
Oats spent 11 years a Romulus High School in Michigan where he amassed a 222-52 record, making the semifinals of the state tournament five times while winning a state title in 2013. That led to him being hired at Buffalo as an assistant under Bobby Hurley, current Arizona State head coach. When Hurley left, Oats stepped into the interim role, then was officially named as head coach by current Auburn and former Buffalo AD Allen Greene.
Oats is from Watertown, Wisconsin and played at Division 3 Maranatha Baptist from 1993-1997. He has also coached at Maranatha Baptist and Wisconsin-Whitewater as an assistant.