AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – After naming Nate Oates the 13th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo on Saturday, the team officially introduced him to the media and the community on Monday. The hire occurred following Bobby Hurley’s departure from the program. Hurley accepted a job as the head coach at Arizona State. Oats served as an assistant coach for the last two seasons under Hurley. The transition from assistant coach to head coach will be one challenge he will need to overcome.
“There is a different role you have as an assistant. I am going to have to be a little bit disciplinarian,” Oates explained. “It is going to be a little different. I am going to be the one to put the hammer down. That is going to be the biggest challenge in my opinion.
Oates inherits a team that went to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history and won a MAC title. They are only losing two seniors, therefore the expectations are high.
“We plan on repeating what we did last year and then taking it to the next step,” Oates said Monday afternoon. “We are planning on not just making the NCAA tournament. We think we can get a couple of wins in the NCAA tournament and just see what happens from there. So I think the future is bright.”
Prior to his tenure at UB, Oats spent 11 seasons as the head boys basketball coach at Romulus High School in Michigan, where he won a state title.