Dennis Gates

Dennis Gates (born January 14, 1980)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Missouri Tigers
Current conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Cleveland State record: 50-40 (.556)
Missouri record: 33-34 (.493)
Overall record: 83-74 (.529)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2022-present Missouri
2019-2022 Cleveland State
2011-2019 Florida State (asst)
2009-2011 Nevada (asst)
2007-2009 Northern Illinois (asst)
2005-2007 California (asst)
2004-2005 Florida State (grad. asst)
2003-2004 Marquette (grad. asst)
2002-2003 Los Angeles Clippers (skill dev.)

Dennis Gates Facts

  • Dennis Gates
  • Born January 14, 1980
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: University of California, Berkeley (BS, 2001) / Florida State University (MA, 2005)
  • After graduating from Whitney Young HS in Chicago, Gates went on to play at Cal under longtime head coach Ben Braun
    • Twice earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors, earning his bachelors’ degree in just three years
    • Played in one NCAA Tournament and two NITs; the Golden Bears were NIT Champions in 1999
  • First foray into coaching was as a skills development coach with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers (head coach Alvin Gentry)
  • Spent two years as a graduate assistant, one each at Marquette (under Tom Crean) and Florida State (under Leonard Hamilton)
  • Returned to alma mater Cal in 2005, spending two seasons as an assistant coach on Braun‘s staff
  • Spent two seasons each assisting Ricardo Patton at Northern Illinois and David Carter at Nevada
  • Rejoined Hamilton‘s staff at Florida State in 2011, spending the next eight seasons as an assistant with the Seminoles
    • During his second tenure, FSU went to four NCAA Tournaments; they reached the Elite Eight in 2018
    • Helped recruit a number of top prospects, including NBA draftees Jonathan Isaac, Dwayne Bacon and Terence Mann
  • Hired in July 2019 to be head coach at Cleveland State, returning to the Midwest for his first head coaching opportunity
  • Left CSU in March 2022 to become the new head coach of the Missouri Tigers
    • Went 25-10 in his first season, earned a 7-seed as an at-large in the NCAA Tournament and reached the Round of 32

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