Florida State assistant basketball coach Dennis Gates is headed to Ohio to become the new head coach at Cleveland State.
“I have dreamed for a long time about serving as a head coach and am humbled and honored to be trusted with this opportunity at Cleveland State University. My family and I are filled with great joy and excitement,” Gates said. “I want to thank President Harlan Sands, Director of Athletics Scott Garrett and the entire search committee for selecting me to be the leader of this program and a leader within the Cleveland community. Together we will work side-by-side to develop our student-athletes, and we will work diligently to maximize the potential of this great urban research institution.
“I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with our student-athletes to win championships in the classroom, on the court and in the community.”
Gates has been an FSU assistant since 2011-12. As a member of coach Leonard Hamilton’s staff, Gates has helped recruit a large number of the team’s top players (including first-round pick Mfiondu Kabengele) and the Seminoles have enjoyed three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.
He has made previous coaching stops at Nevada, Cal, Marquette and Northern Illinois in 16 seasons as an assistant coach.
“When we set out two weeks ago to find the next head coach for Cleveland State University men’s basketball, it was important to identify a leader of young men who was totally invested in delivering character, accountability, professionalism and an unparalleled passion for developing student-athletes on-and-off the court,” said Garrett. “After carefully evaluating an impressive pool of interested candidates, Dennis Gates rose to the top and won this position with his thoughtful plan for transforming the lives of CSU men’s basketball student-athletes, regaining our competitive position in the Horizon League and building a program that is representative of all of the incredible momentum occurring on the campus of Cleveland State University.”
Cleveland State went 10-23 overall and 5-13 in conference play in 2018-19.