GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dusty May, the top assistant under Florida basketball coach Mike White, is leaving the Gators to become the coach at Florida Atlantic.
May signed a 5-year contract with FAU, the school announced Thursday.
May was at Louisiana Tech when Mike White was hired there leading into the 2011-12 season. After meeting, White chose to retain May and then brought him to Florida, where they spent the last three seasons together.
“Dusty has been an incredibly important part of every aspect of our program at both LA Tech and UF. He’s got incredible passion, has a relentless work ethic, operates with integrity, and possesses family values that permeate the program,” White said in a statement. “FAU has found a great coach and human being, and Dusty May found a great fit!”
FAU’s new athletic director, Brian White, who is Mike White’s younger brother, said in a statement that May was his “No. 1 choice.”
The Owls finished 12-19 this season. Their records the previous three seasons: 10-20, 8-25, 9-20. May will have a tough task ahead but also an opportunity to distinguish himself.
“The opportunity to recruit in such a fertile region, the momentum this university is enjoying and the enormous potential here are ideal starting points,” May said in a statement. “We will be winners here, and we will play with tremendous passion and energy. The vision of President John Kelly, the board of trustees and the athletic department under the leadership of Brian White made this move an easy decision. I can’t wait to get started.”