Nate Oats has been named as the next head coach of the Alabama Men’s Basketball team, the Crimson Tide announced on Wednesday.
In a statement, University at Buffalo Athletic Director Mark Alnutt said the Bulls were “thankful for everything (Oats) has done to elevate our men’s basketball program.“
“I wish Nate the very best and we’re thankful for everything he has done to elevate our men’s basketball program,“ said Alnutt. “An opportunity like this is life changing for Nate and his family. Thanks to Nate and the team’s success, the Buffalo coaching position will be extremely attractive and a national search is already underway. It will be conducted as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. We wish Nate and his family all the best.“
“I want to thank the UB administration for helping us elevate Buffalo into one of the premier mid-major programs in the country,“ said Oats. “The support we have received from the Western New York community during the good times and the bad times has been nothing short of amazing. This community has made Buffalo feel like home for Crystal and my family over the last six years.“
Since taking over following the departure of Bobby Hurley in 2015, Oats has helped continue UB’s dominance winning three Mid-American Conference championships in four seasons. In total, the program has won four of the last five MAC title, a feat never before achieved in conference history.
This past season, UB enjoyed its most successful year in program history and was ranked nationally in the Top 25 as they went onto win 32 games and advance to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
In total, Oats amassed a 97-43 record while manning the sidelines at Buffalo with three appearances in the postseason.
Associate head coach Jim Whitesell will serve as interim head coach during the search.