Desmond Oliver

Desmond Oliver (born December 4, 1969)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: East Tennessee State Buccaneers
Current conference: Southern Conference (SoCon)
East Tennessee State record: 15-17 (.469)
Overall record: 15-17 (.469)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-present East Tennessee State
2015-2021 Tennessee (asst)
2010-2015 Charlotte (asst)
2009-2010 Canisius (asst)
2004-2009 Georgia (asst)
2001-2004 Rhode Island (asst)
2000-2001 St. Bonaventure (asst)
1998-2000 Cornell (asst)
1997-1998 Texas A&M (asst)
1994-1997 Niagara (asst)

Desmond Oliver Facts

  • Desmond L. Oliver
  • Born December 4, 1969
  • Hometown: Buffalo, New York
  • Alma Mater: Dominican College (BA, 1992) / SUNY Buffalo State College (MA, 1994)
  • Was a star player at DeSales HS (NY) and started out at Genesee CC (NY) before finishing his career at Dominican College (NY)
  • Started his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach and head JV coach at Turner-Carroll HS in Buffalo, NY
  • Joined Jack Armstrong’s staff at Niagara in 1994, kicking off a 27-year run as a Division I assistant coach
  • Spent time working under Tony Barone at Texas A&M, Scott Thompson at Cornell, Jim Baron at both St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island, Dennis Felton at Georgia, Tom Parrotta at Canisius, Alan Major at Charlotte and Rick Barnes at Tennessee
    • During his assistant career, Oliver was part of 4x NCAA Tournaments (including the Vols’ 2019 Sweet Sixteen) and 5x NITs
  • In April 2021, Oliver was announced as the new head coach at East Tennessee State
  • Along with his wife, Annette, has two sons

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