Oats leaves UB, takes head coaching spot at Alabama

Nate Oats compiled a 96-43 record in four years as head coach at the University at Buffalo. The 42-year old had recently signed an extension to continue as the UB coach through the 2024 season. (Photo: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports)

By PAUL GOTHAM

UB Athletic Director Mark Alnutt announced Wednesday that Nate Oats has left his role as head coach of the Bulls and accepted the same position at the University of Alabama.

Oats had coached the Bulls to three NCAA Tournament appearances in his four years at the helm. The former assistant under Bobby Hurley took over one year after his former boss led UB to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.

Oats takes over for Avery Johnson who came to a mutual agreement to leave the Alabama program earlier in the week. Johnson guided Alabama to an at-large bid in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Crimson Tide has reached the NCAA Tournament twice in the past 13 years.

Alnutt announced that Associate Head Coach Jim Whitesell will serve as the interim head coach during the search process.

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