Nate Oats

Nate Oats (born October 13, 1974)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Current conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Buffalo record: 96-43 (.691)
Alabama record: 117-54 (.684)
Overall record: 213-97 (.687)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present Alabama
2015-2019 Buffalo
2013-2015 Buffalo (asst)
2000-2002 Wisconsin-Whitewater (asst)
1997-2000 Maranatha Baptist (asst)

Nate Oats Facts

  • Nathanael J. Oats
  • Born October 13, 1974
  • Hometown: Watertown, Wisconsin
  • Alma Mater: Maranatha Baptist University (BS, 1997) / University of Wisconsin (MS)
  • The Wisconsin-native played at Div III Maranatha Baptist in Watertown, WI
    • Started his coaching career at his alma mater, joining the coaching staff for three seasons after graduation
  • Spent two years an assistant at D-III UW-Whitewater before taking the head coaching job at Romulus HS outside Detroit
    • Went 222-52 over 11 seasons in Romulus; won the 2013 Class A state championship, his final season at the school
  • Joined Bobby Hurley‘s staff at Buffalo in 2013, and after two seasons was elevated to head coach to replace Hurley
    • Won the MAC Tournament and led the Bulls to the 2016 NCAA Tournament in his first season on the job
    • Won back-to-back MAC titles (2018-19) and returned to the NCAAs both seasons by way MAC Tournament crowns
  • Left Buffalo in March 2019 to take the job as head coach at Alabama
    • In 2020-21, Oats led the Tide to an outright SEC title and SEC Tournament crown and was named SEC COY
    • His 2022-23 team was ranked as high as #1 and entered the NCAA Tournament as the top overall seed, but was eliminated in S16
    • The following year, Oats and the 4-seed Tide reached the NCAA Final Four for the first time in program history

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