Matt McCall Returns to the Gators

Florida head coach Billy Donovan rounded out his staff on Monday by hiring Florida Atlantic assistant coach Matt McCall as his third assistant. It's a reunion for the two coaches, after McCall served as Florida's director of basketball operations from 2006-2008 under Donovan. McCall also received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Florida.

"Matt is someone that worked for our program for seven years, he knows the University of Florida and he knows me," Donovan said. "I felt, in losing three assistant coaches, that it was really important to have a level of familiarity on my staff. "He is a hard worker, he was a part of us winning two national championships here and he helped FAU win its league title this year. He has great ties in the state of Florida, will be a great fit to our staff and I'm thrilled to have Matt come back to the University of Florida."

McCall returns to Gainesville after serving as an assistant coach at Florida Atlantic under head coach Mike Jarvis. In his three years under Jarvis, the Owls' record got better every season. They went 6-26 in 2009 during his first year, but improved to 14-16 with a 10-8 conference record in 2010. The Owls went 21-11, the school's highest win total at the Division 1 level, in 2011, winning the Sun Belt championships and appearing in the NIT. It was the second postseason berth in program history. One of the 2011 losses came in a 79-66 loss to Florida in late November.

McCall originally joined the Florida program as a student manager in the 2001-2002 season, becoming the head manager the next season. He earned his degree in exercise and sports science in 2004.

During McCall's tenure in Gainesville, he was involved in two national championships, three straight SEC Tournament titles and an SEC championship.

His father, Wayne, was a linebacker and three-year letterwinner on the the Gator football team from 1965-1967.

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