8 GREAT REASONS TO ATTEND KEVIN OLLIE BASKETBALL CAMP
Coach Ollie is considered to be one of the great young college basketball coaches in the United States with a .743 winning percentage and an NCAA National Championship in 2014. Only one other coach in NCAA history has won a National Championship in his second season.
Coach Ollie played for and coached with Hall of Fame Coach – Jim Calhoun – one of the very best coaches ever to have led a college program. Coach Ollie also played for great coaches for 13 years in the NBA – coaches like Hall of Famer Larry Brown.
Coach Ollie was teammates in the NBA with some of the best players in NBA history – including LeBron James and Kevin Durant! They talk openly of their admiration for Coach.
Coach Ollie and his team of coaches create the drills and instructions that your
camper will be tackling every day.
Campers will get the chance to play basketball against boys their age from across the country in storied Gampel Pavilion on the UConn campus – home of Connecticut Basketball for the men and women at UConn.
A large number of coaches means your boy will learn a lot of basketball. The Kevin Ollie Basketball Camp prides itself on having at least one basketball coach for every ten campers.
Coach Ollie will bring a number of basketball celebrity guests to each session of camp to teach as well as enhance the basketball experience.
There are few better places for a basketball camp in the United States than the UConn Campus in Storrs, Connecticut!
Camp Director - Director of Basketball Administration
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.”
Assistant Head Coach
Kevin Freeman is Camp Director and in his third season as UConn’s Director of Basketball Administration.
Freeman, a former UConn captain and the program’s all-time leader in games played (140), came back to Storrs in after playing 11 seasons of professional basketball in Italy, Australia, Greece, South Korea, China, Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela.
Freeman, a native of Springfield, Mass., was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1999 Big East Championship and selected to the 1999 NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team as an invaluable starter on UConn’s first National Championship team. During Freeman’s career, the Huskies compiled an impressive 109-32 record, and made three NCAA appearances, reaching the Elite Eight in 1998 and winning the NCAA crown in 1999.
Assistant Head Coach
Coach Miller is in his third season as the Associate Head Coach at Connecticut under Coach Kevin Ollie
Miller’s Division I head coaching experience began at Brown in 1999-2000, where his teams set school records for wins in a two-, three-, four-, and five-year span, as well as most Ivy League wins in a season. He recruited and developed 10 all-conference players and the Ivy League’s 2004 Player of the Year. Following seven years in Providence, Miller was hired as head coach of the prestigious program at Penn in 2006. He led the Quakers to the Ivy League Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2006-07, setting the school record for most Ivy League wins by a first-year coach. He spent three full years and part of a fourth as the Penn head coach.
In 17 years as a head coach, Miller compiled 233 victories.
A native of Groton, Conn., where he starred at Fitch High School, Miller played for two seasons at UConn, then played two seasons at Northeastern for Jim Calhoun.
Ricky Moore, is in his second season as an Assistant Coach under Coach Ollie.
Moore, a 1999 UConn graduate served as an assistant basketball coach at Dartmouth College from 2010-2012, following his retirement from an 11-year career in professional basketball. Moore played professionally for 11 years in five countries — Austria, Ukraine, Sweden, Turkey, and Germany — as well as in the Continental Basketball Association and the NBA Developmental League.
During Moore’s four seasons at UConn (1995-99), the Huskies compiled an overall record of 114-24 and a Big East Conference mark of 55-17, winning three Big East regular-season championships, three Big East Tournament championships, and reaching the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16, the 1998 NCAA Elite, and capturing the 1999 NCAA Championship. He was a three-time co-captain and his 510 assists still rank sixth on the all-time list.
Moore was named to the 1999 Final Four and West Regional All-Tournament Teams and Basketball News Magazine selected him as the National Defensive Player of the Year. In 2001, he was named to UConn’s All-Century Team.
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