Greg Gard announced the hire of Dean Oliver to an assistant coach position on Wednesday, according to the University. Oliver is filling the void left after associate head coach Lamont Paris took the Chattanooga head coaching position.
“We are really excited to welcome Dean back to the Big Ten and the Wisconsin basketball family,” Gard said in UW’s press release. “I have been impressed with him over the years and after getting to know him better through this process, it became easy to see why he has been so successful in the past as a player and most recently as a coach. Everyone I talked to about Dean had the utmost respect for his leadership, teaching abilities and passion for helping student-athletes. He has a tremendous reputation for building relationships, has great rapport with players and excels in player development, particularly with guards. It’s rare to find a coach with his combination of professional playing experience and coaching ability and I have no doubt he is the right fit for our program.”
Oliver was a three-time All-Big Ten guard for the Iowa Hawkeyes and played for the Golden State Warriors from 2001-2003. In total, Oliver played nine years professionally.
After his playing days, Oliver got into the coaching ranks. Oliver spent time at North Dakota (2012-2014) and Illinois State (2015-17) as an assistant with a specialty in guards. During Oliver’s time at Illinois State, guard Paris Lee won 2017 MVC Player of the Year and MVC Defensive Player, along with a few other awards for individuals in ISU’s backcourt. With young guards all over the roster in D’Mitrik Trice, Brevin Pritzl, Brad Davison, and Tyler Herro coming in, Oliver will have plenty of talent to work with in Madison.
“I am extremely honored and excited to be joining the men’s basketball staff at the University of Wisconsin,” Oliver said in the press release. “It is truly a dream to coach at such a prestigious, storied Big Ten program. I can’t wait to get to work with the young nucleus of players as well as the exciting incoming recruits. I am equally as excited to work with and learn from Coach Gard and staff.”