Cleveland State hired Dennis Gates as its new coach, the school announced Friday.

Gates, 39, has been an assistant coach at Florida State for the past eight seasons. This is his first head coaching gig.

Gates replaces Dennis Felton, who was fired on July 12.

"When we set out two weeks ago to find the next head coach for Cleveland State University men's basketball, it was important to identify a leader of young men who was totally invested in delivering character, accountability, professionalism and an unparalleled passion for developing student-athletes on-and-off the court," athletic director Scott Garrett said in a statement.

"After carefully evaluating an impressive pool of interested candidates, Dennis Gates rose to the top and won this position with his thoughtful plan for transforming the lives of CSU men's basketball student-athletes, regaining our competitive position in the Horizon League and building a program that is representative of all of the incredible momentum occurring on the campus of Cleveland State University."

Gates is scheduled to be introduced in a press conference on Tuesday.

"I have dreamed for a long time about serving as a head coach and am humbled and honored to be trusted with this opportunity at Cleveland State University," Gates said in a statement. "... I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with our student-athletes to win championships in the classroom, on the court and in the community."

Cleveland State went 10-21 last season.

--Field Level Media

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