Gators basketball loses another assistant coach

The roster turnover this offseason hasn’t been limited to just the players. Assistant coach Darris Nichols has accepted the head coaching job at Radford, the school announced on Wednesday.

Nichols, a native of Radford, Virginia, is a relative newcomer to the coaching profession. He played at West Virginia from 2004-08 and scored 993 points and dished 399 assists. He won an NIT Championship and led the Mountaineers to a Sweet 16 and an Elite Eight.

After a couple of years playing professionally overseas, Nichols returned to his alma mater for a season as a graduate assistant coach. He then spent two seasons at Northern Kentucky and one at Wofford.

Mike White hired him at Louisiana Tech for the 2014-15 season, and he followed White to Florida.

Nichols worked primarily with UF’s guards, with an emphasis on defense. He’s also known as an excellent recruiter.

“Darris is many things: a former great player, a leader, a great teammate, an old soul, a consistent grinder, an ethical worker, a commanding presence on the court and an awesome human being,” White said in a statement. “It’s a big-time hire by Radford. He’s more than ready to come home.”

Nichols is the second assistant coach to land a head coaching gig this offseason, as Jordan Mincy took the Jacksonville job last month. White has yet to hire his replacement.

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