Florida to hire San Francisco’s Todd Golden as next Gators basketball coach, per reports

By Adam Silverstein
March 18, 2022
Florida to hire San Francisco’s Todd Golden as next Gators basketball coach, per reports
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The Florida Gators are striking fast in replacing head basketball coach Mike White with San Francisco Dons head coach Todd Golden set to take the job, according to CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander. White left Florida for Georgia last week after the Gators were eliminated in the first round of the 2022 SEC Tournament.

It was believed that athletic director Scott Stricklin had a top target in mind and planned to move fast as he did when he replaced head football coach Dan Mullen with Louisiana head coach Billy Napier just a couple months ago. Norlander reports that “Stricklin wasn’t concerned with bringing in a big name from a power conference; he was focused on hiring the best fit”.

At age 36, Golden is the third straight head basketball coach that Florida has hired in his 30s following White and Billy Donovan.

Golden went 24-10 with San Francisco this season, leading the Dons to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998. He went 22-12 in his first year at San Francisco but is just 57-36 (.613) overall across three seasons with no better than fourth-place finish in the West Coast Conference across his tenure.

Prior to taking his first head coaching job, Golden served in off- and on-court roles at Columbia (2012-14) and Auburn (2014-16) before heading to San Francisco as an assistant (2017-19). He was promoted to the top job ahead of the 2019-20 season when former coach Kyle Smith left for Washington State.

OnlyGators.com will update this breaking news story momentarily.

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