Alabama expected to hire assistant linked to Nebraska job
Nate Oats has reportedly added another assistant coach to his staff at Alabama.
Oats is expected to hire current Windy City Bulls coach Charlie Henry, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman. It’s worth noting that previous reports have indicated Henry was set to join Fred Hoiberg at Nebraska as an assistant coach, but no hire has been officially announced.
Henry has experience working with both coaches as he got his start in the profession under Oats at Romulus (Mich.) High School in 2009. He later joined Hoiberg at Iowa State as director of player personnel in 2013 and was later promoted to an assistant in 2014-15. Henry followed Hoiberg to the NBA where he served as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls for two years.
Most recently, Henry was the head coach of the Windy City Bulls of the NBA’s G League.
Oats has already filled a few positions on his staff, including one assistant in Bryan Hodgson. Hodgson was Oats’ right-hand man in Buffalo and led the Bulls’ recruiting efforts. Hodgson and director of operations Adam Bauman have joined Oats in Tuscaloosa. Both have been removed from Buffalo’s website and changed their Twitter profiles to reflect their moves to Alabama. Oats is also bringing strength and conditioning coach Mike Snowden, though that is not official yet.
Along with people he has worked with in the past, like Henry and Hodgson, Oats said he wants to retain at least one assistant coach from the Crimson Tide’s team last year. Antoine Pettway appears to be the leading candidate there, but both Pettway and Yasir Rosemond have hit the recruiting trail with Oats and Hodgson since the former Buffalo coach took over the program.
UPDATE: Oats will keep Pettway on the Alabama staff.
“I’ll say this -- they’ve got three really good assistants here that I’m getting to know pretty well,” Oats said Monday. “I can’t keep them all. I’ll probably keep at least one just to keep some continuity. We’ll figure it out from there. The Final Four, there’s a lot of jobs going around. We’ll see what happens. I’m in the process of sorting through all that.
“The roster is the most important thing to me right now. Obviously, the staff helps with the roster, so I’m getting a feel for the current staff as we go through practice and sort through re-recruiting the roster, and then I’ll make some decisions here in the next couple of weeks. But I don’t want to rush anything. I don’t think it’s fair to them or the players that I just come in and fire everybody because they don’t deserve that. They’re good guys that have worked here. It’s just unfortunate that stuff didn’t quite go right.”
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