Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel
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Desmond Oliver was hired as males’s basketball coach of East Tennessee Teach, the college announced announced Monday.
Oliver spent the past six seasons as an assistant at Tennessee. He is the 2nd Volunteers assistant to land a head coaching job this offseason. Kim English was hired at George Mason on March 23 after two seasons at the college.
East Tennessee Teach coach Jason Shay surprisingly resigned on March 30 after one season as head coach and 6 with the program. Shay and his players were criticized, together with by your total Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus, for the workers’s decision to kneel in the direction of the national anthem before its Feb. 15 game at Chattanooga.
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Oliver, 51, joined Rick Barnes’ workers when Barnes was hired in April 2015. Mike Schwartz, the lone remaining assistant from final season’s workers, joined a yr later.
Oliver is the third coach hired off Barnes’ workers to be a head coach previously two years, becoming a member of English and Take dangle of Lanier. Lanier was hired by Georgia Teach two years ago.
Oliiver spent 5 seasons at Charlotte before he was hired at Tennessee. He has 26 years of assistant coach expertise. Oliver began at Niagara from 1994-97. He also has labored at Texas A&M, Cornell, St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island, Georgia and Canisius.
Oliver played a key position in recruiting Grant Williams to Tennessee. Williams won support-to-support SEC Participant of the Year awards and was picked by the Boston Celtics in the fundamental spherical of the 2019 NBA Draft. Oliver also headed UT’s efforts to land Jaden Springer, the 2nd-absolute top recruit to trace with Tennessee in the direction of Barnes’ tenure.