Kent State basketball coach Geno Ford announced Tuesday the return of former Golden Flashes player Armon Gates as an assistant coach. Gates comes back to KSU after spending last season on the coaching staff at Western Kentucky.
"This is exciting for me to have a former player in the program, someone who understands what the tradition is all about," Ford said in a statement. "Armon was a very good player and is a guy who did everything right when he was here, on and off the floor. We want kids just like Armon. Our players will relate to him very well."
A MAC All-Academic selection at Kent State, Gates’ first season in the coaching profession was highly successful. After capturing the Sun Belt Tournament championship, the Hilltoppers earned a No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the to the Sweet 16 before losing to UCLA.
"This is a great situation for me,” Gates said in a statement. "I will always appreciate coach Ford for giving me this opportunity, and I want to thank Kent State’s administration. They have welcomed me back with open arms."