The Alabama Crimson Tide has extended their head basketball coach Nate Oats through the 2026-27 basketball season. This announcement came during a season where Alabama basketball has had one of its best seasons in program history. Oats’ contract also came with a salary increase to $3.225 million dollars per year. It seems like Alabama wanted to secure their head coach long-term and attempt to avoid a bigger program coming in and taking away their successful head coach.
We are thrilled to announce a contract extension through 2027 with @Nate_Oats.
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) February 18, 2021
Oats had the following to say after the news of his contract extension broke. “We feel like we have a lot of positive momentum going with our team and have the program headed in the right direction, our administration is making a major statement with this extension as we all work on building a successful program for the long term. I know the winning history we’ve had with Alabama basketball, and I feel like we can add to that and accomplish great things here.
Alabama went 16-15 and 8-10 in SEC play last year during Oats’ first year with the team. This year he has the team at 17-5 and 12-1 in SEC play. The team is currently in line to win the SEC and capture a two or even one seed. This contract extension shows that Alabama fully trusts their new head coach to carry their program into the future. Oats is also a candidate for the Naismith Men’s Coach of the Year Award. The Crimson Tide has made it clear that they want Oats to be their head coach for a long time.