Carlin Hartman has been named associate head coach for Florida men’s basketball, head coach Todd Golden announced on Friday. Hartman brings 22 years of experience at the collegiate level, including five seasons at Oklahoma under Lon Kruger before coaching at UNLV in the 2021-22 season. The Buffalo, N.Y., native was associate head coach at Columbia during Golden’s two seasons on staff there.
Hartman helped UNLV to an 18-win season in 2021-22, including double-digit conference victories. The Rebels boasted a pair of All-Mountain West performers this season as Bryce Hamilton earned first-team honors and Royce Hamm Jr. received honorable mention recognition, while Donovan Williams was named MWC Sixth Man of the Year.
At Oklahoma, the Sooners made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of Hartman’s last four seasons in Norman. As a recruiter, Hartman played a crucial role in bringing in the best recruiting class of the Kruger era at OU. The 2019 class was ranked the highest in the Big 12 and No. 13 in the nation by Rivals. Hartman was recognized by Stadium as one of the top three assistant coaches in the Big 12, based on a poll of league coaches in 2020. Silver Waves Media also named him one of the top 50 impactful high-major assistant coaches in the country.
In 2019, Hartman was one of 31 assistant coaches throughout the country to receive an invitation to the Second Annual Collegiate Coaching Consortium, which brings together rising basketball coaches and NCAA Division I athletics directors to participate in a multi-day academy.
Hartman was the lead recruiter of a multitude of Sooner players including eventual NBA Draft selections and had a focus on the development of the team’s big men position group, including All-Big 12 honorees Kristian Doolittle, Brady Manek and Khadeem Lattin. Lattin became the Sooners’ all-time leader in blocked shots.
Hartman has also been an active participant in important social justice initiatives. He is a member of the Coaches Coalition for Progress, and he helped form the Black Assistant Coaches Alliance in the Big 12. The CCFP’s mission is to effect change in inner cities and the BACA was formed in response to the ongoing social unrest throughout the country with the goal of creating effective platforms for building better opportunities through transparency, economic and financial literacy programs and civic engagement initiatives for all student-athletes and coaches.
“Carlin brings a wealth of experience and a highly-respected track record to Florida,” Golden said. “We’re excited to add his expertise as a basketball mind, a developer, a relationship-builder and a recruiter to our staff. He sets a great example for all of us as a family man, and he will be a tremendous mentor to our student-athletes off the court in addition to helping us collectively and individually become our best on the court.”
“I’m thrilled to join my good friend and former colleague Todd Golden at a national championship-caliber program such as Florida,” Hartman said. “The program’s success has been well-documented, starting over 30 years ago with Coach Kruger, who I had the pleasure of working for. For Todd to ask me and my family to join him is an honor, and I look forward to getting started in Gainesville.”
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