Kevin Ollie

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Kevin Ollie
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Ollie in May 2014.
Connecticut Huskies
Position Head coach
League American Athletic Conference
Personal information
Born (1972-12-27) December 27, 1972 (age 41)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Crenshaw (Los Angeles, California)
College Connecticut (1991–1995)
NBA draft 1995 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 1995–2010
Position Point guard
Number 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
20042008 Philadelphia 76ers
2008–2009 Minnesota Timberwolves
2009–2010 Oklahoma City Thunder
As coach:
20102012 Connecticut (assistant)
2012–present Connecticut
Career highlights and awards

As coach

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Kevin Jermaine Ollie (born December 27, 1972)[1] is an American basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the University of Connecticut men's basketball team. Ollie graduated from Connecticut in 1995 with a degree in Communications.[2] He played for twelve National Basketball Association (NBA) franchises in thirteen seasons from 1997 to 2010 after beginning his career with the CBA in 1995. In 2014, Ollie won a national championship as head coach of the University of Connecticut Men's Basketball Team.

Early Life[edit]

Ollie is the son of Fletcher and Dorothy Ollie;his parents divorced in 1977. Ollie has two older sisters Vita and Rhonda. He was born in Dallas, Texas and is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan but his family moved to Los Angeles, California.

Basketball career[edit]

Ollie attended and played basketball at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, California.[3] He then starred for four seasons (1991–95) at the University of Connecticut. After his college playing days were over, 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.[4]

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. [5]

Coaching career[edit]

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.[6] As an assistant coach in 2011, Ollie helped 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). UConn ended their season ranked as high as 21st in the country.[citation needed] The team was ineligible for postseason play because of an NCAA ban resulting from a low APR score several seasons prior.[7]

On December 2, 2013 the Huskies defeated Florida, after which they were ranked #9.[citation needed] On February 15th, Ollie earned his 40th career win, which was the Huskies' 20th win of the season. The Huskies finished 3rd in the AAC, and defeated Memphis and Cincinnati until losing to Louisville in the AAC Championship game. A quote that will go down in the history of the AAC Championship run was said after the semi-final game, "I told my team the best place to plant seeds is in the Garden", referring to Madison Square Garden (MSG). 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 5th, 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 7th for Connecticut's fourth NCAA men's championship in fifteen years.


Awards and honors[edit]

ESPN is doing a series on the Top 50 college hoops coaches—the best NCAA men's basketball coaches right now. Ollie is tenth best on the list. Although he is 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.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ollie resides in Glastonbury, Connecticut with wife Stephanie, who is also a UConn grad (1997), and their two children, son Jalen June 22, 1996 and daughter Cheyenne born February 6, 2001. Kevin Ollie is a Christian. During his NBA career, Ollie was actively involved with the FCA. Ollie's FCA chaplain stated, "There are very few guys in the NBA who are really sold out to the Lord like Kevin." [9] He grew up in South Los Angeles.

NBA career statistics[edit]

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[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1997–98 Dallas 16 0 13.4 .333 .000 .720 1.3 2.0 .4 .0 2.9
1997–98 Orlando 19 0 11.4 .411 .000 .689 .9 1.7 .4 .0 4.1
1998–99 Sacramento 7 0 9.7 .308 .000 .800 .9 .4 .4 .1 1.7
1998–99 Orlando 1 0 4.0 .000 .000 .500 1.0 .0 .0 .0 1.0
1999–00 Philadelphia 40 0 7.3 .449 .000 .757 .8 1.2 .3 .0 1.8
2000–01 New Jersey 19 0 8.5 .185 .000 .632 1.2 1.3 .3 .0 1.2
2000–01 Philadelphia 51 4 15.0 .430 .333 .729 1.4 2.4 .5 .0 3.8
2001–02 Chicago 52 17 22.0 .383 .500 .838 2.5 3.7 .7 .0 5.8
2001–02 Indiana 29 0 19.9 .400 .000 .804 1.9 3.4 .9 .0 5.4
2002–03 Milwaukee 53 4 21.3 .459 .200 .747 1.9 3.4 .7 .1 5.7
2002–03 Seattle 29 1 26.6 .441 1.000 .759 2.9 3.8 1.1 .0 8.0
2003–04 Cleveland 82 7 17.1 .370 .444 .835 2.1 2.9 .6 .1 4.2
2004–05 Philadelphia 26 0 6.1 .355 .000 .667 .7 .7 .2 .0 1.1
2005–06 Philadelphia 70 23 15.3 .431 .333 .837 1.4 1.4 .5 .0 2.7
2006–07 Philadelphia 53 23 17.3 .433 .100 .822 1.4 2.5 .4 .0 3.8
2007–08 Philadelphia 40 0 7.5 .420 .000 .800 .5 1.0 .3 .0 1.8
2008–09 Minnesota 50 21 17.0 .407 .000 .833 1.5 2.3 .4 .1 4.0
2009–10 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[edit]

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[edit]

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
Connecticut: 52–18 (.743) 22–14 (.611)
Total: 52–18 (.743)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kevin Ollie at basketball-reference.com. Accessed 2012-02-02.
  2. ^ "University of Connecticut Bio". 
  3. ^ "Kevin Ollie #12 Guard." National Basketball Association. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  4. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=5348090
  5. ^ Borges, David. "UCONN MEN'S BASKETBALL: Kevin Ollie as head coach no surprise to former Cavs GM Jim Paxson". New Haven Register. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Calhoun to announce retirement". ESPN. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "NCAA defends Connecticut ban", ESPN, April 20, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  8. ^ "Top 50 coaches: No. 10 Kevin Ollie". ESPN. June 23, 2014. Retrieved 24 Jun 2014. 
  9. ^ "Triple Threat". 

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