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UB hoops hires Oats as assistant

University at Buffalo men’s basketball head coach Bobby Hurley rounded out his coaching staff Tuesday, announcing the hiring of Nate Oats as an assistant coach. Oats comes from Romulus High School in Michigan, where he taught and coached one of the top high school basketball programs in the region.

In his 11th season at Romulus, he coached the team to its first state title in 27 years. Romulus posted a 27-1 record and Oats was named State Coach of the Year by both the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press as well as the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.

His overall record at Romulus was 222-62 with seven straight conference championships, the last four with undefeated records. His teams made the Michigan Class A final five times. He oversaw a program that had a 100 percent graduation rate and 40 of his 42 seniors continued on to college.

“Nate is as well respected as any scholastic coach in the Midwest after what he has accomplished at Romulus,” Hurley said. “He’s coached a number of Division I players, and Michigan is an important area for us in recruiting, so Nate’s tremendous contacts in the area will be an immediate impact for our program.”

Before coaching at Romulus, Oats played and eventually became an assistant at Maranatha College in Wisconsin from 1997 to 2000 while earning his bachelor’s degree in mathematics.