Carlin Hartman joining Florida Gators men's basketball as associate head coach

Graham Hall
Gator Sports

The Florida men’s basketball program has hired Carlin Hartman as an associate head coach, head coach Todd Golden announced on Friday. 

Stadium’s Jeff Goodman originally reported Hartman would be hired. 

Prior to spending the 2021-22 season at UNLV, Hartman worked for five seasons at Oklahoma under former Sooners and Gators coach Lon Kruger. During Hartman’s tenure, the Sooners made the NCAA Tournament in each of his last four seasons with the program.

“Carlin brings a wealth of experience and a highly-respected track record to Florida,” Golden said. “We’re excited to add his expertise as a basketball mind, a developer, a relationship-builder and a recruiter to our staff. He sets a great example for all of us as a family man, and he will be a tremendous mentor to our student-athletes off the court in addition to helping us collectively and individually become our best on the court.”

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Carlin Hartman was at Oklahoma with Lon Kruger

Mar 22, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Drew Timme (2) is congratulated by Oklahoma Sooners assistant coach Carlin Hartman after their game in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Gonzaga Bulldogs won 87-71.

With Hartman, OU also signed the Sooners’ highest-ranked recruiting class in the Kruger era in 2019. In 2020, Hartman was named one of the top-three assistant coaches in the Big 12 conference, though his recent resume isn’t the only reason he’ll depart Las Vegas for Gainesville. 

Hartman worked at Columbia for four seasons in the early 2010s, including during Todd Golden’s and Kevin Hovde’s time with the Lions’ program. 

Prior to his time in the Ivy League, Hartman worked at Richmond from 2005-08, where he served as an assistant coach and the program’s lead recruiter. It was Hartman who recruited Hovde to Richmond, where he would spend four seasons as a player before setting his sights on coaching at the Division I level. 

“I’m thrilled to join my good friend and former colleague Todd Golden at a national championship-caliber program such as Florida,” Hartman said. “The program’s success has been well-documented, starting over 30 years ago with Coach Kruger, who I had the pleasure of working for. For Todd to ask me and my family to join him is an honor, and I look forward to getting started in Gainesville.”

As Golden’s staff nears completion and the program turns its focus to overhauling the roster, one thing has become clear: the newly hired men’s basketball coaching staff in Gainesville is already quite familiar with each other.