Nate Oats officially was introduced as new men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo Monday afternoon at Alumni Arena.
Oats, 40, takes over a team that went 23-10 and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance last month.
"Our Bulls are in perfect position to keep the momentum builidng," said UB President Dr. Satish Tripathi.
Oats spent the past two years as the top assistant to Bobby Hurley, who left last week to become head coach at Arizona State University. Oats never has coached at the college level. He went 222-52 in 11 years at Michigan’s Romulus High School, near Detroit. His teams made the Michigan state Final Four four times, were ranked nationally three seasons and won a state title in his last year, 2013.
"There's not going to be a whole lot of change to be honest with you," Oats said. "I don't think there's a reason to fix what's not broken."
"You're going to see a lot of the same plays you saw on SportsCenter this year," Oats said.
"What I learned about coach Oats from him and others around the country is . . . how much respect people have for the way he runs a program," said UB Athletics Director Danny White. "From our student athleties I leraned how much respect they had for his role in our success."