After serving as associate head coach the last four seasons, UB announced on Saturday that Jim Whitesell will be the next head coach to lead the Bulls basketball team.
The 59-year-old has played in pivotal role in helping Buffalo win three of the past four Mid-American Conference championships. This past season, UB won a school record 32 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years.
Whitsell replaces Nate Oats, who resigned and was named the head coach at Alabama in late March.
Yessss!!! Great hire @Alnutt41. @jim_whitesell is a great friend, great person & absolutely the right hire. He will keep this program headed in the same direction. Jim is as loyal as they come and was instrumental in the success of @UBmenshoops over the last 4 years. #HornsUp https://t.co/fOPcVTQsGS— Nate Oats (@nate_oats) April 6, 2019
He will be officially introduced at a press conference Monday morning at 10 am.
“After conducting a national search and talking with some of the brightest college basketball minds across the country, it was clear to us that the best candidate for this position was right here in Buffalo,” Athletic Director Mark Alnutt said in a statement.
“Jim’s basketball IQ is unmatched and his professionalism and care for our student-athletes is second to none. Beginning with his recruitment of CJ Massinburg and others, Jim’s vital involvement in player development and game-planning was a huge part of the success of our basketball program over the last four years. His leadership, knowledge of the game and past successes over an impressive coaching career will help continue to further advance the national profile of the men’s basketball program at Buffalo.”
“I want to thank Mark Alnutt, President Satish Tripathi and the entire search committee for this opportunity to lead the Buffalo men’s basketball program,” added Whitesell. “This would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the fantastic young men at UB that I have had the privilege of coaching every day. My wife Connie and I are so excited for this opportunity and to remain in Western New York, a place that has become home for us these last four years. I am extremely thankful to Nate and the entire coaching staff I have worked with here at Buffalo and can’t wait to build on all of the success that we have had.”
Whitesell has been a head coach at the Division I, II and III levels and has has success on the hardwood.
He has a 375-308 coaching record and was last a Division I head coach at Loyola Chicago from 2004-2011 where he compiled a 109-106 overall record.
He led Elmhurt (DIII) to the NCAA Tournament in 1992 and advanced to the Division II NCAA Tournament with Lewis University four times.