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Kevin Jermaine Ollie (born December 27, 1972) is an American basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the University of Connecticut men's basketball team. 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.


Ollie attended and played basketball at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, California. 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.
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

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Kevin Ollie Will Contest UConn's Dubious, Non-Specific "For Cause" Termination

That Kevin Ollie was fired after guiding the Huskies through consecutive losing seasons was not especially surprising. That he was fired as part of “disciplinary procedures” and “for just cause” registered as, well, interesting, especially without ...
Posted: March 11, 2018, 6:10 pm

Huggins adds 4-star forward to WVU’s recruiting class

A 6-foot-7 wing player from Wilson High who had signed with UConn only to decommit after Coach Kevin Ollie was fired, Matthews is excited about his opportunity in West Virginia. “Everything happens for a reason. I always think of it that way,” Matthews ...
Posted: May 13, 2018, 1:34 am

Kevin Ollie Says UConn Violated Constitutional Rights in Firing Him for Cause

Former UConn head men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie and his lawyers said in a letter to the university that his constitutional rights were violated when he was fired for cause. The letter said Ollie was never given the opportunity to refute the cause for ...
Posted: April 18, 2018, 1:52 pm
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