Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
Missouri announced the hiring of new Men's Basketball head coach Dennis Gates on Tuesday morning. Gates previously spent the last three years as the head coach at Cleveland State.
The program's 20th head coach, Gates joins the Tigers following a three-year run as the head coach at Cleveland State, where he led the Vikings to two Horizon League Championships and back-to-back postseason appearances.
"After a comprehensive and efficient national search, during which we had the privilege of speaking with an impressive group of coaches, it became clear Coach Gates was what we needed in the next leader of our basketball program," Reed-Francois said. "He's smart, driven and focused on winning. He's a proven recruiter, a strong evaluator of talent, an innovative teacher of the game and has a unique enthusiasm and passion for his work and for his student athletes that draws people in. He shares our vision of where Mizzou basketball can and will go. It is our privilege to welcome Coach Gates, his wife Jocelyn, and their family to Mizzou."
"The Board of Curators supports this decision and we offer a warm welcome to Coach Gates and his family," Darryl Chatman, Chair of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, said. "As a board, we support setting higher expectations and making progress in all that we do as a university, and that applies to research and academics, as well as athletics. We look forward to all that Coach Gates will bring to the court and to our student-athletes."
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