Matt McCall has come a long way from his days washing Florida basketball uniforms and picking up lunches for other UF coaches.
This week, recently named Florida Atlantic coach Mike Jarvis hired McCall as one of three new assistant coaches on his staff.
McCall leaves for the Boca Raton campus this weekend. It’s been a steady climb for McCall, who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Florida in his seven years involved with the UF basketball program.
McCall joined the UF program as a student manager in 2001-02. I featured him in a 2004 story about student managers who aspired to become coaches. My idea for the story came from the rise of Lawrence Frank, who was a student manager at Indiana under Bobby Knight.
Frank took the NBA route, winding up as head coach of the New Jersey Nets after many years working in the league. McCall has taken the college route, rising from graduate assistant to director of basketball operations at Florida before his current opportunity at FAU.
“It’s a great situation because it’s still in the state and I get a chance to work with Coach Jarvis,” McCall said. “I spent seven hours with him during my interview. He’s an unbelievable guy.”
In his seven years at Florida, McCall contributed to two national titles, three straight SEC tournament titles and an SEC championship.
Plus, he made a ton of memories.
“It’s a pretty special place and it’s provided a great foundation,” McCall said. “I’m going to miss it here, but I’m looking forward to what lies ahead for me.”