Since 2013, Armon Gates has been an assistant coach for Northwestern basketball under coach Chris Collins.
The 2013-14 season was both Collins and Gates’ first with the Wildcats, and the 2017-18 season reportedly was Gates’ last.
Highly-coveted assistant coach Armon Gates is leaving Northwestern to join coach Mike White’s staff at Florida and will be named associate head coach, per sources. #Gators
— Joe Henricksen (@joehoopsreport) April 8, 2018
Losing any trusted assistant coach can be viewed as a negative.
— Louie Vaccher (@WildcatReport) April 8, 2018
According to Joe Henricksen, Gates is reportedly taking the associate head coaching job with the Florida Gators.
Northwestern finished 15-17 overall in 2017-18 after going 24-12 and making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. Florida, in 2017-18, went 21-13 and lost in the second round of the tournament to Texas Tech.
Prior to coaching at Northwestern, Gates spent two seasons on the staff at Loyola-Chicago. He has also been an assistant at TCU and Kent State, and started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky.
Gates played college basketball for Kent State from 2002-07.
Update: Florida coach Mike White has tweeted at Gates, welcoming him to the Gators staff.
— Michael White (@MikeWhiteUF) April 8, 2018