Kevin Ollie Named Head Men's Basketball Coach

Kevin Ollie has been named head men's basketball coach at UConn.
Kevin Ollie has been named head men's basketball coach at UConn. UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM

Press Conference (UConn) | Press Conference II (UConn)

Photo Gallery (AP) | Coach Ollie's ContractGet Acrobat Reader

Sept. 13, 2012

STORRS, Conn. (September 13, 2012) -- Kevin Ollie, a former UConn student-athlete who has served as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut for the past two seasons and is a 13-year NBA veteran, has been named the head men's basketball coach at UConn.

Ollie will have a contract that runs through April 4, 2013, and will be paid at an annualized rate of $625,000. He becomes the 18th head coach in the history of the UConn program and only the fourth since the 1969-70 season.

"I am very honored and humbled to become the UConn men's basketball coach," said Ollie. "I cannot put in words how grateful I am to Coach Jim Calhoun, who retires today as one of the most legendary coaches in the history of college basketball. Coach Calhoun brought me here to Connecticut as a person right of high school and has mentored me into the person I have become today.

"I am also extremely grateful to President Susan Herbst and Director of Athletics Warde Manuel for providing me with this opportunity. I look forward working with Warde to continue the success of our men's basketball program."

"Since I have come to UConn, I have spent a tremendous amount of time with Kevin and I have enjoyed getting to know him," said Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. "He is a quality person and I have been impressed with the way he interacts with our student-athletes on and off the court. Kevin knows the Husky program from his experiences as a student-athlete, a professional basketball player and an assistant coach here at UConn. He has taken the steps to prepare him for this opportunity and I am proud to name him as our head men's basketball coach."

Ollie is a graduate of UConn who played 13 seasons in the NBA, completing his career in 2009-10 as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played for 11 different franchises in his NBA career, playing in 662 career contests.

Ollie was a two-time team captain at UConn and helped lead the Huskies to BIG EAST Regular Season Championships in 1993-94 and 1994-95, advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, respectively, in those seasons. Ollie was an All-BIG EAST Third Team selection as a senior in 1994-95 and was named to the UConn Basketball All-Century Team in 2001. He still stands No. 3 all-time at UConn in assists and No. 1 at UConn in assists in BIG EAST contests.

Kevin and his wife, Stephanie, have a son, Jalen, and daughter, Cheyenne.

Born December 27, 1972, Ollie is a native of Los Angeles where he attended Crenshaw High School.