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Kevin Ollie
Kevin Ollie (coach)
Ollie at a press conference in 2014
Connecticut Huskies
Position Head coach
League NCAA
Personal information
Born December 27, 1972 (1972-12-27) (age 45)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
Physical
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 195 lbs (88 kg)
Career information
High school Crenshaw
(Los Angeles, California)
College Connecticut (1991-1995)
NBA Draft 1995 / Undrafted
Pro career 1995-2010 (15 years)
Position Point guard
Jersey no. 3, 15, 5, 2, 12, 8, 7
Career history
as player
1995–1997 Connecticut Pride (CBA)
1997 Dallas Mavericks
1998 Orlando Magic
1999 Sacramento Kings
1999 Orlando Magic
1999–2000 Philadelphia 76ers
2000 New Jersey Nets
2000–2001 Philadelphia 76ers
2001–2002 Chicago Bulls
2002 Indiana Pacers
2002–2003 Milwaukee Bucks
2003 Seattle SuperSonics
2003–2004 Cleveland Cavaliers
2004–2008 Philadelphia 76ers
2008–2009 Minnesota Timberwolves
2009–2010 Oklahoma City Thunder
as coach
2010-2012 Connecticut Huskies
(assistant coach)
2012-present Connecticut Huskies
(head coach)
Career highlights and awards
  • awards

Kevin Jermaine Ollie (born December 27, 1972)[1] is an American basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the Connecticut Huskies men's basketball . Ollie graduated from Connecticut in 1995 with a degree in Communications.[2] He played for twelve National Basketball Association franchises, most prominently in three stints with the Philadelphia 76ers, in thirteen seasons from 1997 to 2010 after beginning his career with the CBA in 1995.

After retiring from professional basketball in 2010, Ollie joined UConn as an assistant coach; in 2012 he was promoted to head coach following the retirement of Jim Calhoun (who coached Ollie when he was a player). In his second year as Huskies head coach, they won the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Early life

Ollie was born in Dallas, Texas to parents Fletcher and Dorothy Ollie and grew up in the rough neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles. When Ollie was 7, his parents divorced and his father moved to Dallas. He spent summers there, cutting lawns and doing other odd jobs so he could be with him for some length of time.[3] His mother, a school teacher and ordained minister, raised him and his older sisters, Vita and Rhonda, by herself.[4]

Playing career

Ollie attended and played basketball at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, California.[5] He then starred for four seasons (1991–95) at the University of Connecticut. After his college graduation, he joined the Connecticut Pride of the Continental Basketball Association, playing with them from 1995 to 1997. After that, he began playing in the NBA.

In the 2005–06 season, Ollie was given a starting role by Sixers head coach Maurice Cheeks. The Minnesota Timberwolves made Ollie their captain during the 2008–09 season. He was then signed by the Oklahoma City Thunder on August 1, 2009 for the veteran's minimum. After the season Ollie retired to join the Connecticut Huskies as an assistant coach.[6]

NBA player Kevin Durant in an interview with Grantland said that Kevin Ollie (who played for Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009-2010) "taught him the ropes", and "changed the culture of Oklahoma City". He also said, “Kevin Ollie, he was a game changer for us. I think he changed the whole culture in Oklahoma City. Just his mind set, professionalism, every single day. And we all watched that, and we all wanted to be like that. It rubbed off on Russell Westbrook, myself, Jeff Green, James Harden. And then everybody who comes through now, it’s the standard that you’ve got to live up to as a Thunder player. And it all started with Kevin Ollie.”

Ollie had previously played a similar role with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jim Paxson, Cavaliers GM at the time, recalled his motivation for signing Ollie: "We thought he could come in and be a bridge for us at the point guard position," Paxson recalled, "and also be a good influence on our younger players, the primary one being LeBron James." Paxson cited Ollie's "professionalism and approach to the game" as qualities the team valued. [7]

Coaching career

In 2012, Ollie was named the head basketball coach at Connecticut, replacing longtime hall of fame coach Jim Calhoun. During his college career, Ollie had played under Calhoun. He also served as an assistant coach for Calhoun's final two seasons at UConn.[8] As an assistant coach in 2011, Ollie helped guide the Huskies to a record 11 straight postseason wins which included winning 5 games in 5 nights to win the Big East Tournament Championship and winning the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. On December 29, 2012, UConn and Ollie agreed to a five-year deal.

The Huskies ended their first season under Ollie 20-10 overall and 8th in Big East play (10-8). The team was ineligible for postseason play because of an NCAA ban resulting from a low APR score several seasons prior.[9]

On December 2, 2013 the Huskies defeated Florida, after which they were ranked #9.Template:Citation needed The Huskies finished 3rd in the AAC, and defeated Memphis and Cincinnati until losing to Louisville in the AAC Championship game. Connecticut earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament with a #7 seed, and defeated #10-seeded Saint Joseph's, #2-seeded Villanova, #3-seeded Iowa State, and #4-seeded Michigan State to become the first #7 seed to reach the Final Four since the tournament expanded in 1985.

On April 5, 2014, the Huskies defeated top-ranked Florida in the First Final Four national semifinal of the NCAA Tournament 63-53. The Huskies then defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the championship game on April 7 for Connecticut's fourth NCAA men's championship in fifteen years.

On May 22, 2014, Ollie signed a new five-year contract with UConn, worth $2.8 million per year.[10]

Awards and honors

In 2014 ESPN did a series on the Top 50 college hoops coaches—the best NCAA men's basketball coaches right now. Ollie was tenth best on the list. Although he was only in his second year of coaching, he started with a team subject to sanctions, unable to compete in the NCAA tournament, and still managed to complete the season with a 20–10 record, and followed that with a National Championship.[11]

Personal life

Ollie is a Christian. During his NBA career, Ollie was actively involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Ollie's FCA chaplain stated, "There are very few guys in the NBA who are really sold out to the Lord like Kevin."[12]

Ollie and his wife, Stephanie, have two children: son Jalen and daughter Cheyenne.[2] Stephanie Ollie filed for divorce in January 2015.[13]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Template:Nbay Orlando 19 0 11.4 .411 .000 .689 .9 1.7 .4 .0 4.1
Template:Nbay Sacramento 7 0 9.7 .308 .000 .800 .9 .4 .4 .1 1.7
Template:Nbay Orlando 1 0 4.0 .000 .000 .500 1.0 .0 .0 .0 1.0
Template:Nbay Philadelphia 40 0 7.3 .449 .000 .757 .8 1.2 .3 .0 1.8
Template:Nbay New Jersey 19 0 8.5 .185 .000 .632 1.2 1.3 .3 .0 1.2
Template:Nbay Philadelphia 51 4 15.0 .430 .333 .729 1.4 2.4 .5 .0 3.8
Template:Nbay Chicago 52 17 22.0 .383 .500 .838 2.5 3.7 .7 .0 5.8
Template:Nbay Indiana 29 0 19.9 .400 .000 .804 1.9 3.4 .9 .0 5.4
Template:Nbay Milwaukee 53 4 21.3 .459 .200 .747 1.9 3.4 .7 .1 5.7
Template:Nbay Seattle 29 1 26.6 .441 1.000 .759 2.9 3.8 1.1 .0 8.0
Template:Nbay Cleveland 82 7 17.1 .370 .444 .835 2.1 2.9 .6 .1 4.2
Template:Nbay Philadelphia 26 0 6.1 .355 .000 .667 .7 .7 .2 .0 1.1
Template:Nbay Philadelphia 70 23 15.3 .431 .333 .837 1.4 1.4 .5 .0 2.7
Template:Nbay Philadelphia 53 23 17.3 .433 .100 .822 1.4 2.5 .4 .0 3.8
Template:Nbay Philadelphia 40 0 7.5 .420 .000 .800 .5 1.0 .3 .0 1.8
Template:Nbay Minnesota 50 21 17.0 .407 .000 .833 1.5 2.3 .4 .1 4.0
Template:Nbay Oklahoma City 25 0 10.5 .400 .000 1.000 1.0 0.8 .4 .0 1.8
Career 662 100 15.6 .410 .310 .792 1.5 2.3 .5 .0 3.8

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000 Philadelphia 10 0 6.5 .500 .000 .889 .5 1.2 .2 .0 2.0
2001 Philadelphia 23 0 5.3 .370 .000 .929 .4 1.0 .0 .0 1.4
2002 Indiana 5 0 23.6 .423 .500 1.000 2.4 4.6 .6 .0 5.8
2008 Philadelphia 3 0 6.3 .250 .000 1.000 .3 1.0 .7 .0 1.3
2010 Oklahoma City 1 0 5.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 42 0 7.9 .406 .500 .935 .7 1.5 .2 .0 2.1

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Connecticut Huskies (Big East Conference) (2012–2013)
2012–13 Connecticut 20–10 10–8 T–7th Ineligible
Connecticut Huskies (American Athletic Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Connecticut 32–8 12–6 T–3rd NCAA Champions
2014–15 Connecticut 20–15 10–8 T–5th NIT First Round
2015–16 Connecticut 25–11 11–7 6th NCAA Second Round
2016–17 Connecticut 16–17 9–9 T–5th
2017–18 Connecticut 0–0 0–0
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      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

References

  1. Kevin Ollie at basketball-reference.com. Accessed 2012-02-02.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Kevin Ollie Bio". uconnhuskies.com. http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/ollie_kevin00.html. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  3. UConn Men's Basketball Coach Kevin Ollie: The Overachiever
  4. "Kevin Ollie won’t be intimidated by the challenge of following Jim Calhoun". https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-the-dagger/kevin-ollie-won-t-intimidated-challenge-following-jim-222433157--ncaab.html. 
  5. "Kevin Ollie #12 Guard." National Basketball Association. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  6. "UConn product Ollie hired onto Calhoun's staff". 2 July 2010. http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/news/story?id=5348090. 
  7. Borges, David. "UCONN MEN'S BASKETBALL: Kevin Ollie as head coach no surprise to former Cavs GM Jim Paxson". New Haven Register. http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20120920/uconn-mens-basketball-kevin-ollie-as-head-coach-no-surprise-to-former-cavs-gm-jim-paxson. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  8. "Calhoun to announce retirement". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8371331/connecticut-huskies-jim-calhoun-announce-retirement-sources-say. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  9. "NCAA defends Connecticut ban", ESPN, April 20, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  10. "Ollie puts heart into signing new UConn deal". http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/10970027/kevin-ollie-signs-five-year-contract-connecticut-huskies. 
  11. "Top 50 coaches: No. 10 Kevin Ollie". ESPN. June 23, 2014. http://espn.go.com/ncb/notebook/_/page/top50coaches10/no-10-uconn-kevin-ollie. Retrieved 24 Jun 2014. 
  12. "Triple Threat". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. https://web.archive.org/web/20160303211911/http://archives.fca.org/vsPrintPage.lsp?OriginalPageOID=B2A8DB4D-0F3E-45D4-9B79C98A0F15CEB8&method=display&objectid=2F108ABB-6C94-4A7F-A2D36EEE1F9E6A2A. 
  13. Fillo, MaryEllen. "Kevin Ollie's Wife Files For Divorce". http://www.courant.com/java/hc-kevin-ollies-wife-files-for-divorce-20150101-story.html. 

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