FILE - New Gator head coach Todd Golden reacts to a referee's call during the second half of an NCAA semifinal college basketball game against Gonzaga at the West Coast Conference tournament March 7, 2022, in Las Vegas. To the core Golden knew his University of San Francisco team had done enough to earn an NCAA Tournament berth. It is just the coach had counted on a No. 9 seed and those were all gone with just four spots in the bracket remaining when the Dons were finally called. (AP Photo/Ellen Schmidt, File)

Todd Golden Hires Former Mississippi State Assistant Coach Korey McCray

Todd Golden officially named the second member of his coaching staff with the hire of Korey McCray. He joins Kevin Dodge as an assistant who was hired on March 29.

McCray’s Background

McCray comes over from Mississippi State and has 14 years of coaching experience. He spent 12 of those seasons coming in the SEC. McCray also spent the last seven years at Mississippi State before coaching at UCLA under Coach Ben Howland. He also had brief stops at Florida State, Chipola and his alma mater, Mercer University.

“Korey is one of the most respected coaches across the Southeastern Conference, and he has proven the ability to recruit and develop complete student-athletes at the highest level,” Golden said in a press release. “He has worked tirelessly to build real relationships all around the country – specifically within the Southeast region.”

Playing Career

During his four playing for the Bears, McCray led the team in assists in four seasons. His 344 career assists ranked second of all time following his playing career, and to this day, ranks in the top five currently in school history.

McCray worked with Mississippi State guards while assisting in scouting reports. He also recruited a pair of 1,000 point scorers at Mississippi State in Aric Homlam and Lamar Peters.

Prior to his college coaching experience, McCray served as the CEO and head coach of the Atlanta Celtics AAU travel team. His father originally founded the team and led the Celtics to a National Championship in 2009.

He also worked as a skill development trainer in Atlanta and worked with many NBA players in Dwight Howard, John Wall, Anthony Morrow, Jarrett Jack, Jarvis Hayes, Von Wafer, Mario West and Damien Wilkins.

“I’m excited about joining Florida’s historic program and working with such an innovative and analytical coach like Coach Golden,” McCray said. “I can’t wait to start.”

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