BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo head men's basketball coach Nate Oats has been named one of 15 late season candidates for the 2019 Werner Ladder Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Oats recently picked up his 89th career victory on Tuesday night against Akron and has led the Bulls to a 25-3 season so far and a 13-2 mark in league play. The 25 wins are already the second most in school history and the most ever accomplished in the regular season and his .679 career winning percentage at UB is the best for any Buffalo head coach in school history.
Oats and the Bulls are currently 21st in the AP Poll and 16th in the latest NET rankings release by the NCAA. The Bulls have picked up wins at then #13 West Virginia this season as well as scoring their first ever victory at the Carrier Dome with a 71-59 victory over Syracuse.
Oats has guided a Buffalo team that has been ranked in the national polls for 16 straight weeks, reaching as high as #14 in the country. The 16 weeks are the most in the history of the Mid-American Conference and the Big 4.
"It's an honor to be recognized with some of the great names to coach in the sport, coaches that I have admired for years," said Oats. "While I am humbled to be on the list, this is an honor for our entire coaching staff and program. When you have great players and a great staff, winning games becomes that much easier."
The Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year Award will be announced at the Men's Final Four in April.