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Kevin Ollie becomes the 18th head coach at UCONN
By Richard Kent
Updated: October 11, 2012
CONNECTICUT (BASN) He has a cool demeanor and by all accounts is a favorite among high school players on the recruiting trail. He also was one heckuva player in his day at UConn. Kevin Ollie is the 18th head coach at UConn, getting the promotion from new Athletic Director Warde Manuel this summer after storied head coach Jim Calhoun, the holder of 3 National Championships retired after suffering a broken hip from a bike accident.
Ollie was a two time UConn basketball captain at the point guard position in the mid 1990′s under Calhoun. He also played 13 seasons in the NBA.
He inherits a team with great guards, led by junior Shabazz Napier. Unfortunately, the guards may also lead the team in rebounding as UConn has very little up front in light of the fact that forward Alex Oriakhi transferred to Missouri before Calhoun left.
Ollie has a one year contract and many feel that if he can finish at .500 he will be rewarded with a renewal. His team in ineligible for the postseason due to NCAA academic sanctions.
Ollie has plenty of experience with him on the bench, as Associate Head Coach Glen Miller was the head coach at Connecticut College, Brown and Penn and assistant head coach was the mentor at Holy Cross and Seton Hall, among other teams. Assistant Karl Hobbs was the head man at George Washington. Former player Kevin Freeman is also an assistant.Miller and Hobbs also played at UConn.
Ollie was spotted Wednesday night at the annual Jimmy V. dinner in New York City, sponsored by ESPN. Also in attendance from UConn was head women’s coach Geno Auriemma, the successful 2012 Olympic women’s team coach and former UConn head coach Dee Rowe among other local and national basketball luminaries such as Texas coach Rick Barnes and Maryland women’s coach Brenda Frese.