Florida associate coach Armon Gates is in the process of leaving Florida and will accept an assistant coaching position at Nebraska, according to multiple sources.
Gates was hired as associate coach April 8 from Northwestern. A source cited Gates is leaving due to Florida coach Mike White being concerned with the “overall dynamic of the coaching staff” with the addition of Gates, who had prior stops as an assistant with Loyola-Chicago, TCU and Kent State. In addition, Gates was a college teammate for two seasons with current UF assistant Jordan Mincy.
On Thursday afternoon, Gates removed Florida associate coach from his Twitter bio, which now reads “men’s basketball coach.” Gates’ last tweet, posted April 22, read “great week on the road recruiting future Gators, headed home, see you soon Gainesville.” April is an open evaluation period for 2019 recruits.
The move is an about face from the impressions White had about Gates when he first hired him less than a month ago.
“You’re always keeping a little bit of a list,” White said last month. “And then after I hired Jordan Mincy, who’s very close with him, a few years ago I started becoming more and more familiar with Armon. We had a bunch of good candidates and I narrowed it to a few that I felt really, really good about.
“Ultimately with Armon I felt the most comfortable. It was a marriage that met in the middle as well. Just like recruiting, you want guys that really want to be here and feel like they’re a great fit as well. You don’t have to sell too much. So he’s hit the ground running and we had our first staff meeting this morning.”
With Gates’ departure, Florida will be in search of a new assistant coach for the second time in the span of the month. The position first opened when Dusty May left UF in late March to accept the head coaching position at Florida Atlantic.