Dec 31, 2012
UConn Coach Kevin Ollie Gets 5-Year Extension

ESPN.com

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8790495/kevin-ollie-uconn-huskies-basketball-coach-receives-new-five-year-contract

Connecticut has given men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie a five-year contract extension worth just more than $7 million that will run through the end of the 2017-18 season.

Ollie has demonstrated to UConn that he can coach, lead, coordinate, relate and organize a program.

He also has had to ensure his players performed well academically, especially after a poor Academic Progress Rate spanning a four-year period at the school was the reason the Huskies were the highest-profile program banned from the 2013 postseason.

According to UConn athletic director Warde Manuel, the first-semester grades posted were satisfactory and the results “weren’t an issue.”

Therefore, Ollie was approached this week with a chance to become the permanent successor to Hall-of-Fame coach Jim Calhoun, instead of a seven-month interim stint. Ollie, who turned 40 on Thursday, had been working under a one-year, $625, 000 contract since September, when he was hired to replace the retired Calhoun.

“I’m not replacing coach Calhoun, Ollie said. He’s here, and I’ll lean on him for a lot of advice. I’m not following in his footsteps. He has his own shoes. I’ve got to create my own path and I can’t waiver from my convictions.

UConn Coach Kevin Ollie Gets 5-Year Extension

ESPN.com

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8790495/kevin-ollie-uconn-huskies-basketball-coach-receives-new-five-year-contract

Connecticut has given men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie a five-year contract extension worth just more than $7 million that will run through the end of the 2017-18 season.

Ollie has demonstrated to UConn that he can coach, lead, coordinate, relate and organize a program.

He also has had to ensure his players performed well academically, especially after a poor Academic Progress Rate spanning a four-year period at the school was the reason the Huskies were the highest-profile program banned from the 2013 postseason.

According to UConn athletic director Warde Manuel, the first-semester grades posted were satisfactory and the results “weren’t an issue.”

Therefore, Ollie was approached this week with a chance to become the permanent successor to Hall-of-Fame coach Jim Calhoun, instead of a seven-month interim stint. Ollie, who turned 40 on Thursday, had been working under a one-year, $625, 000 contract since September, when he was hired to replace the retired Calhoun.

“I’m not replacing coach Calhoun, Ollie said. He’s here, and I’ll lean on him for a lot of advice. I’m not following in his footsteps. He has his own shoes. I’ve got to create my own path and I can’t waiver from my convictions.






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