Louisiana Men's Basketball has added Donovan Kates as an assistant coach, head coach Bob Marlin announced on Tuesday.

Kates spent the last four seasons at the University of Alabama, most recently serving as the special assistant to head coach Nate Oats. While on staff, Kates helped lead the Tide to an SEC Tournament title in 2021 and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Kates primarily focused on advanced team scouting and self-scouting with an emphasis on defensive strategy.

"We are excited to add Donavan to our staff," Marlin said. "He is a tremendous addition to Louisiana basketball. He brings great experience having worked with Coach Oats and a highly-successful program at Alabama. He will make a tremendous impact on our players, the Ragin' Cajuns community and the city of Lafayette."