Alabama has appointed Buffalo Nate Oats as their next head coach, the school announced Wednesday.
The 44-year-old Oats replaces Avery Johnson, who split from the Crimson Tide after four seasons in Tuscaloosa earlier this week.
"We are pleased to welcome Nate and Crystal Oats and their three daughters to the University of Alabama," said Sports Director Greg Byrne. "I've watched Coach Oats in recent years as he brought the University of Buffalo to unprecedented heights, and his commitment to developing the student-athlete both on and off the field was what really stood out." The best college and professional basketball heads in the country, his name kept coming up. Coach Oats will start tonight and we look forward to a long and successful career with the Alabama Crimson Tide. "1
Buffalo went to three NCAA tournaments in the four seasons of Oats for a total of 96-43, with Buffalo losing only five Mid-American Conference games over the past two seasons.
Oats signed two weeks a contract extension with Buffalo, which would have kept him with the cops until 2024. The expansion increased his buyout amount to $ 750,000 19659002] Before Oats head coach at Buffalo, he was two years assistant to Bobby Hurley at the Bulls. He spent eleven seasons as head coach of Romulus High School, Michigan.
Senior assistant Jim Whitesell will serve as interim head coach since Buffalo will head coach search performs.