Kevin Ollie | Men's Head Coach University of Connecticut

It took Kevin Ollie just 70 games as a collegiate head basketball coach to join the elite of the profession — those who have won an NCAA championship.

 

In his first year as a head coach of one of the top collegiate programs in the country,  Ollie guided the Huskies to a 20-victory season, a feat no other UConn coach had ever accomplished in his first year.

 

Ollie’s efforts were recognized by Collegeinsider.com, which selected him to receive its Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award, given to the top Division I minority coach, who produced excellent results despite difficult conditions.

 

Ollie was a four year starting point guard for Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun and a two-time captain at the University of Connecticut.   He played in 124 games, averaging 6.7 points and 5.0 assists

 

Yet it was after his UConn career that Ollie was most impressive, displaying unmatched perseverance, intestinal fortitude, and a never-say- die attitude as he fought his way through years in the Continental Basketball Association and the U.S. Basketball League to get his chance in the NBA.

 

Once there, Ollie would simply not give up his dream. During a 13-year NBA career, Ollie played for 11 different franchises in 12 cities and learned from 15 different NBA coaches.

He earned a reputation throughout the league as an outstanding teammate, with strong moral fiber, impeccable character, and a vast knowledge of the game.  Ollie was signed by  Cleveland to mentor a young LeBron James about acting as a professional and Oklahoma City brought Ollie in to do the same for Kevin Durant.

 

As head coach – Kevin Ollie’s uses his basketball knowledge, but his coaching philosophy is about more than a game.  “It’s not about Xs and Os, it’s not about winning and losing“ says Ollie – “it’s about these men becoming special people.  When they leave me – judge me on that.”

 

Born in Dallas on Dec. 27, 1972, and raised in Los Angeles, Ollie resides in Glastonbury and has two children, son Jalen (born 6/22/96) and daughter Cheyanne (born 2/6/01).  He Attended Los Angeles Crenshaw High School.

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