UMass hires former UF assistant McCall from Chattanooga

In this Nov. 13, 2016 file photo, Chattanooga head coach Matt McCall reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Massachusetts athletics director Ryan Bamford announced Wednesday, March 29, 2017, that McCall has been named the new head coach of the men's basketball program at the school in Amherst, Mass. He succeeds Derek Kellogg, who was fired earlier in the month after nine seasons as head coach at UMass

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Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9:10 p.m.

AMHERST, Mass. — UMass has hired Matt McCall as its next basketball coach.

The 35-year-old McCall spent the previous two seasons in Chattanooga, where he led the school to the NCAA Tournament in 2016.

The hiring is the second in two weeks for the Minutemen, after Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey backed out of an agreement to coach the program just minutes before he was set to be introduced.

McCall replaces Derek Kellogg, who was fired this month after nine seasons with the Minutemen.

In announcing the hire Wednesday, athletic director Ryan Bamford called McCall "a rising star."

McCall spent 11 seasons, over two stints, as a member of Billy Donovan's staff at Florida. He was part of four SEC titles, a Final Four and two NCAA finals with the Gators.

He also spent three seasons as an assistant at Florida Atlantic.

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