Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles announced the hiring of Armon Gates as an assistant coach on Monday.
Gates, a native of Chicago, returns to the Big Ten after recently serving as associate head coach at the University of Florida under Mike White.
Gates mentioned that the feeling was right when he first approached Coach Miles about the open assistant position. That feeling stuck with him, even though he had just accepted a new job at Florida.
Miles and Gates had met before the assistant job at Nebraska came open. Even then, Miles could tell that Gates had all of the qualities of a solid coach.
For the past five seasons (2013-18), Gates was at Northwestern under Chris Collins, helping the Wildcats to a pair of 20-win seasons, including the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017.
One of Gates’ known strengths is recruiting. He helped bring a top-30 recruiting class to Northwestern in 2014, while the most recent class in 2018 was ranked as the 24th best in the country on 247Sports.
Gates feels that Nebraska is about to reach its full potential as a program, and he’s confident that he can help lead the Huskers to that crucial next step – much like he did with the Wildcats a little more than a year ago.