UMass Finalizing Deal To Hire Chattanooga's McCall

Posted at 4:12 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 17:12:22-04

UMass is finalizing a deal to hire Chattanooga head coach Matt McCall to the same position, a source familiar with the negotiations confirm to Newschannel 5 as first reported by CBS Sports and ESPN.

An official announcement is expected later Wednesday or Thursday.

McCall, 35, is 48-18 in two seasons as the head coach at Chattanooga. He led the Mocs to a Southern Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in his first season.

Before taking over at Chattanooga, McCall served two stints on Billy Donovan's staff at Florida. He was the school's director of basketball operations from 2006-08 and then returned, after a stint as an assistant at Florida Atlantic, to serve as an assistant coach from 2011-15. McCall also served as a student manager for the Gators while in school.

The hire ends a rollercoaster search for UMass, which fired Derek Kellogg at the end of the season. A deal was initially reached with Winthrop's Pat Kelsey that would've made him the Minutemen's next head coach, but Kelsey backed out of the deal hours before his introductory press conference last week.