Alabama hired Wednesday Nate Oats of Buffalo as head coach, the school announced.
Oats, 44, replaces Avery Johnson, who was separated from the Crimson Tide earlier this week after four seasons spent in Tuscaloosa.
"We are excited to welcome Nate and Crystal Oats and their three daughters to the University of Alabama," said Sports Director Greg Byrne. "I look at coach Oats in recent years, as he was leading the University of Buffalo to unprecedented heights." His commitment to training the student-athlete on and off the field was really what was emerging.The best basketball academics and professionals in the country, his name has been mentioned time and time again.Oats coach will be at work from tonight and we hope he will have a long and successful career with Alabama Crimson Tide. "
Oats led Buffalo to the second round of the last two NCAA tournaments, beating Arizona in the first round last season and destroying Arizona State this season. The Bulls season is over against Texas Tech in the second round last weekend.
Buffalo has competed in three NCAA tournaments in the four seasons ahead at the bar with a record of 96-43 overall. Buffalo has lost only five games of the Mid-American Conference combined over the past two seasons.
Oats signed an extension of contract with Buffalo two weeks ago, which would have kept him with the Bulls until 2024. This extension increased his redemption amount to $ 750,000.
Before becoming head coach at Buffalo, Oats was an assistant to Bobby Hurley for two seasons with the Bulls. He also spent 11 seasons as head coach of Romulus High School (Michigan).
Principal Assistant Jim Whitesell will act as interim head coach while Buffalo will be looking for a head coach.