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The Florida Gators will hire Cameron Newbauer as the athletic program’s next women’s basketball coach, two sources close to the situation confirmed to OnlyGators.com on Monday. Florida announced the hire later Monday.
Newbauer has coached the Belmont Bruins for the last four seasons, leading the team to a 51-14 record (29-3 Ohio Valley) over the last two campaigns. Belmont has won consecutive regular-season crowns and conference tournament championships, earning the program’s second and third bids to the NCAA Tournament.
“Cameron Newbauer brings energy, vision and an incredible work ethic to the University of Florida. In addition to developing well-coached teams, he’s a hard-charger when it comes to recruiting and fan engagement,” Scott Stricklin of his first coaching hire since becoming the Gators’ athletic director. “He’s coached in our league with Georgia and coached in the Final Four with Louisville. As a head coach, Cameron’s built the Belmont program and led them to back-to-back NCAA berths. I share his confidence that he can build Florida women’s basketball into a conference and national contender, and look forward to Cameron, Sarah and their family joining the Gators.”
After playing for two years at Madonna College at Michigan, Newbauer became a student assistant at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. He began his college career as director of men’s basketball operations for Siena (2001-03) before taking a job as graduate manager for Georgia men’s basketball (2003-04). Newbauer moved back to Siena as assistant coach under Rob Lanier (2004-05) and then returned to Georgia as men’s director of basketball operations (2005-07). (Lanier was later an assistant under Billy Donovan at Florida from 2007-10.)
It was at that point that Newbauer moved over to women’s basketball, remaining at Georgia as an assistant under Andy Landers (2007-11). He then joined the staff at Louisville where he coached from 2011-13 prior to being hired by Belmont.
Newbauer is the first male head coach of Florida’s women’s program in its 42-year history.
On the attraction of the University of Florida
“It’s the University of Florida. That’s the excitement for me. A national brand. One of the most revered athletic programs in the nation,” he said.
“It’s an incredible challenge. That’s why I love it and want to embrace it. The Southeastern Conference is the best conference in the nation. All sports, let alone women’s basketball. It’s an absolute dream come true for me. I’ve worked and been blessed and fortunate to have opportunities come my way. This opportunity is going to take a lot of hard work and diligence, but it’s one I’m proud to have in front of me.”
Have only heard excellent things about Coach Cam from Belmont… players love him, solid recruiter, nearly upset Kentucky in NCAA tournament
— Steffi Sorensen (@SteffiSorensen) March 27, 2017