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Cameron Newbauer Named Gator’s Women’s Hoops Head Coach

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Cameron Newbauer will be the 10th head coach of the University of Florida women’s basketball program, Athletics Director Scott Stricklin announced Monday.

“I know what we’d like to become; we want to be a tough, hard-working group that really cares for each other. We’re going to have fun. I want people to get to know us. We will welcome the community and want them to help build a tremendous environment,” ┬áNewbauer said.

Newbauer, 38, spent the previous four seasons as head coach at Belmont University, located in Nashville, Tennessee. Under Newbauer, the Bruins reached the postseason three times, including NCAA Tournament berths the last two seasons.

“Cameron Newbauer brings energy, vision and an incredible work ethic to the University of Florida. In addition to developing well-coached teams, he’s a hard-charger when it comes to recruiting and fan engagement. He’s coached in our league with Georgia and coached in the Final Four with Louisville,” noted Stricklin.

Belmont won 35 of its last 36 games against Ohio Valley Conference opponents – a run that included league tournament games – and sported an overall 25-game win streak entering the 2017 NCAA Tournament before its 73-70 first-round loss at Kentucky.

The Bruins were 51-15 overall and 29-3 in OVC action over the last two years, winning the OVC regular-season championship last year and the league’s tournament title the last two seasons. Newbauer, who compiled a 79-50 record at BU, was named the 2016-17 OVC Coach of the Year.

“As a head coach, Cameron’s built the Belmont program and led them to back-to-back NCAA berths. I share his confidence that he can build Florida women’s basketball into a conference and national contender, and look forward to Cameron, Sarah and their family joining the Gators,” added Stricklin.

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