Florida men’s basketball assistant coach Matt McCall is going to get his first break as a head coach this season.
McCall is leaving Florida to become the head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga, according to a report by ESPN.com college basketball writer Jeff Goodman.
McCall, 34, replaces Will Wade, who left UTC to take the head coaching position at VCU vacated when Shaka Smart left for the Texas job.
McCall’s rise in coaching began when he was a student manager and graduate assistant at UF from 2002-2007. He came to Florida in 2011 after a three-year stint as an assistant at FAU.
With McCall, an Ocala native, leaving, Florida will be looking to replace an assistant coach on its staff for the first time since 2012. A possible replacement could be former UF assistant Anthony Grant, who was fired as head coach at Alabama last month after six seasons.