Alabama The men’s basketball coach Nate Oats has agreed to a contract extension through the end of the 2026-27 season, the school said Thursday.
Oats also received a raise to $ 3.225 million a year.
“We feel that our team has received a lot of positive impulses and that the program is going in the right direction,” said Oats. “Our administration is making an important statement with this expansion as we are all working to build a successful program over the long term. I know the track record we have had with Alabama basketball and I think we can help and achieve great results. ” Things here.
“… This is really a reflection of the excellent work our players, coaches and basketball staff have done over the past two years. Now we have to focus on ending this season the right way and giving our team the best Chance to be successful down the track. “
Oats have Alabama with 17: 5 and 12: 1 in Saturday’s conference game against Vanderbilt at the top of the SEC standings. The Crimson Tide was ranked 8th in this week’s AP poll and is currently forecast to be a 2-seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Tide had a 10-game winning streak earlier this season.
Sporting director Greg Byrne hired Oats to replace Avery Johnson after the 2018-19 season. Oats spent the past four years in Buffalo, leading the Bulls to three NCAA tournaments and two first-round wins.
“We had high expectations when we hired Coach Oats,” said Byrne. “He exceeded those expectations and we want to make sure he is rewarded in the top half of the SEC. We have taken buyout measures that demonstrate the long-term commitment of both parties.
“Coach Oats and his staff have developed a comprehensive program that maximized the experience of our athletic students, significantly increased interest in Alabama basketball among future recruits, and introduced a product that won our fan base.”
Alabama took the lead 16-15 in the first season of Oats.