Kevin Ollie takes over Huskies basketball, shuffles coaching staff

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Storrs, CT, United States (4E Sports) – University of Connecticut men’s basketball head coach Kevin Ollie shuffled his coaching staff as he took over the position vacated by Hall of Fame mentor Jim Calhoun.

Ollie assigned Glen Miller as associate head coach while Karl Hobbs will join veteran George Blaney as full-time assistant coach after working as director of basketball operations last year.

Kevin Freeman, who joined the coaching staff last year, will take over the position vacated by Hobbs.

“As I said when I accepted the job as head coach at Connecticut, I think I have the greatest coaching staff in the country,” Ollie said. “I feel extremely fortunate to have a staff with so much head coaching experience behind me.”

“I know that we are going to work as hard as we can to continue the legacy of tremendous success that UConn enjoyed under Coach (Jim) Calhoun,” he added.

Ollie played under Calhoun for four years from 1991 to 1994 before playing for the Connecticut Pride in the CBA for two years. After that, Ollie was signed by the Dallas Mavericks where he played for one year before moving to the Orlando Magic.

In his 13-year NBA career, Ollie played for the Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder.

After he retired from the NBA, Ollie was recruited by Calhoun to be his assistant coach in 2010.

Calhoun retired last month due to health problems after a 26-year stint and three national championships. He was one of five coaches who won the NCAA title three times, together with John Wooden, Adolph Rupp, Bob Knight, and Mike Krzyzewski.

Ollie will lead a UConn coaching staff that has a combined 57 years of collegiate head coaching experience and a total of 860 victories.

Miller returned to Calhoun’s UConn staff in 2010-11 as director of basketball administration following a 17-year head coaching stint at Connecticut College, Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania.

He played for two seasons at UConn then played two seasons for Calhoun at Northeastern. He joined Calhoun’s first staff at UConn in 1986 and worked with the Huskies for seven seasons before being named head coach at Connecticut College in 1993.

Hobbs, who spent eight years as a UConn assistant from 1993-2001, spent the previous 10 years as the head coach at George Washington University, leading the Colonials to two Atlantic 10 Tournament championships, a regular-season title, and five straight postseason appearances.

Blaney has spent the last 11 years as a member of Calhoun’s coaching staff, serving as associate head coach for the past five seasons and taking charge of the team on those occasions when Calhoun was incapacitated.

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