Dennis Gates remains hard at work since being hired as the head coach on June 26. Gates has hired another assistant to join his staff at Cleveland State and got his third commitment and offered another scholarship to a student in the class of 2020.
Per CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Gates has made his second coaching hire in Dickey Nutt. Nutt will be joining as a special assistant to the head coach and will be joined by Rob Summers on Gates’ staff. Nutt, 60, began his coaching career back in 1982 with Stillwater High School as an assistant. Nutt also has been an assistant coach for Oklahoma State, Arkansas State and Stetson University in his career. Nutt has also severed in the role as head coach for Arkansas State and Southeast Missouri State in his career.
In Nutt’s time as head coach for Arkansas State from 1995-2008, they had an overall record of 189-187 in that time span. In the 1998-1999 season, Nutt coached Arkansas State to a record of 18-12 and to the program’s only Division I NCAA Tournament appearance. Then from 2009-2015, Nutt was the head coach of Southeast Missouri State. The program had an overall record of 80-107 in that time span. In the 2013-2014 season, the Red Hawks shot a field goal percentage of .499 putting them second nationally in field-goal percentage.
Nutt was recently the video coordinator at Florida State from 2015-2018. In that time span, he developed a relationship with Gates and the Seminoles had an overall record of 69-35 with two NCAA Tournament appearance. For the 2018-2019 season, Nutt joined Corey Williams’ Staff as an assistant for Stetson University. Stetson went 7-24 in that season and Corey and Nutt were both let go .
In a press release from Stetson when Nutt was hired, Nutt said “As much as I enjoyed being at Florida State – at the end of the day I’m a coach, and I missed being out on the floor and instructing and teaching student-athletes and being with the guys”.
Gates has offered a scholarship to center Andre Screen and got a commitment from forward Daylen Williams. Screen is from Alexandria, Virginia and is currently attending high school at St. Stephen’s-St. Agnes. Screen is also currently fielding multiple offers from Loyola, American, Northeastern, Delaware, Brown, Ohio, Akron, St. Bonaventure, Mount St. Mary’s, Howard, Bucknell, Lehigh, George Mason, La Salle, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, Fairfield, Boston University, James Madison, Towson and Columbia per Verbal Commits.
Williams signed his letter of intent with Cleveland State on August 5. Williams is from Los Angeles, California, he attended high school at Fairfax High School. Williams is the son of John Williams aka Hot Plate. John was a standout player at LSU and played in the NBA for eight years. Williams at Fairfax showed the ability to handle the ball and attack the paint. While also showing the ability to score off the ball by cuts, screens and curls.