Kevin Ollie

Kevin Ollie (born December 27, 1972)

Teams coached: Connecticut Huskies
Connecticut record: 97-45 (.617) **
Overall record: 97-45 (.617) **

Career Accomplishments:

Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2012-2018 Connecticut
2010-2012 Connecticut (asst)

Kevin Ollie Facts

  • Kevin Jermaine Ollie
  • Born December 27, 1972
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California
  • Alma Mater: University of Connecticut (BA, 1995)
  • Played four seasons with the UConn Huskies for legendary head coach Jim Calhoun
    • Spent thirteen seasons in the NBA, playing for twelve different franchises
      • Played more games as a Philadelphia 76er (280) than with any other NBA team
    • Before his NBA career started, Ollie spent two seasons playing with the Connecticut Pride of the CBA
    • Played for a number of head coaches during his NBA career, including Chuck Daly, Byron Scott, Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas, George Karl, Nate McMillan, Paul Silas, Jim O’Brien, Maurice Cheeks, Kevin McHale and Scott Brooks
  • Became an assistant to Jim Calhoun after retiring from the NBA in 2010, working in that position for two seasons including the Huskies 2011 NCAA National Championship
  • When Calhoun retired after the 2011-12 season, UConn promoted Ollie to head coach
    • In just his second season, Ollie led the 7-seed Huskies to an improbable win in the 2014 NCAA National Championship
    • Made the NIT the following year and NCAA in 2016, but the team finished below .500 in both 2016-17 and 2017-18
    • Ollie was fired on March 10, 2018; the firing came after the NCAA charged Ollie with three Level I violations that resulted in a three-year show cause penalty for him and a two-year probation, fines and loss of scholarships for UConn
      • UConn and Ollie were forced to vacate 30 wins and 34 losses between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons
    • Ollie sued the school over the firing, eventually going into arbitration; in 2022, Ollie was awarded $11.157M
  • After several years out of the game, Ollie was announced in April 2021 as a head coach and director of player development for Overtime Elite (OTE), a new professional league for top high school-age prospects
  • Has a son, Jalen, and a daughter, Cheyenne

Kevin Ollie Coaching Tree

 

** Listed accomplishments for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA

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