Lincoln – 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 has coached and developed all-conference performers at three schools during his coaching career. “I really enjoyed my brief time at Florida,” Gates said. “Coach Mike White and his staff are tremendous people and great friends. Last week, I consulted Coach White about approaching Tim Miles regarding the Nebraska coaching position. After visiting Lincoln and the campus, it became clear to me Nebraska was a great fit. I’m greatly appreciative of Florida and Coach White for the opportunity be part of Gator Nation. I am really looking forward to a new beginning at Nebraska.” “I have known Armon for several years and spent quality time with him,” Miles said. “What immediately becomes clear about him is his positivity and high energy. He will be a good role model for our players. He will be an excellent teacher of the game and will do a phenomenal job recruiting, as he’s proven over the years at Northwestern, Kent State, and Loyola-Chicago. We are really happy to add Armon and his family to Husker Nation.”
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. He also helped bring a top-30 recruiting class to Northwestern in 2014, while the 2018 class is listed as high as 24th nationally by 247Sports. Gates worked with the Wildcat backcourt players, including Bryant McIntosh, who finished fifth on the Big Ten’s career assist list with 700 en route to earning multiple All-Big Ten honors. He also worked with All-Big Ten performers Vic Law, Scottie Lindsey, Tre Demps and Drew Crawford, who also earned first-team Academic All-America honors as a senior in 2014. Prior to coaching at Northwestern, Gates spent two seasons at Loyola Chicago (2011-13) during Porter Moser’s first two seasons leading the program. . Gates prepped at Hillcrest High School and spent one season at Brewster (N.H.) Academy before attending Kent State. Gates’ older brother, Dennis, is an assistant coach at Florida State.