The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team has hired Jamie Quarles of Division II Augusta University in Georgia as new assistant basketball coach. Quarles replaces former NBA player Lindsey Hunter, who spent one season as an aide to head coach Nate Oats.
Quarles was a top assistant for Augusta for the past six seasons, during which time the school went 175-58 and reached the NCAA Division II Tournament three times. Quarles accepted a job two weeks ago as an assistant coach at Division I Nicholls State in Louisiana but then opted to take the position at UB, which is a bigger school in a bigger conference.
Hunter, who played in the NBA for 17 seasons, opted to move back to the Detroit area, where his family lives. He has high-school-age children. He decided it "wasn't worth being away from my family," he said in a text message to The News.
Hunter served as an assistant for the Golden State Warriors in 2013-14. Then he was out of coaching for two years and living in Detroit before taking the UB job.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Jamie to our staff," Oats said. "He is a rising star in the business and he will build great relationships with our players. Like in recruiting, we want to bring in people from winning programs, and we have definitely done that with Jamie. He is sharp, has a great work ethic and we are thrilled to bring him in."
Quarles played four seasons at guard for Augusta, graduating in 2008. He received a master’s degree in kinesiology and health science from Augusta in 2013. Augusta went 24-8 last season. Quarles joins an assistant staff that includes Jim Whitesell and Bryan Hodgson.