Nets Hiring Kevin Ollie as Assistant Coach

Former UConn coach and Overtime Elite director of coaching Kevin Ollie is headed to the Nets as an assistant under Jacque Vaughn, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.Kevin Ollie

Ollie was a reported finalist for the Pistons’ head-coaching vacancy, a job that eventually went to Monty Williams. Ollie has been a point guard in the NBA, but never a coach.

He guided the Huskies to the NCAA tournament championship in 2014.

Ollie, 50, recently stepped down as head of coaching and player development in upstart league Overtime Elite. He coached at UConn from 2012-18, taking over for Jim Calhoun.

He and the school had a fairly bitter breakup, though, with Ollie filing a grievance after being fired.

Prior to his coaching career, Ollie played in the NBA from 1997-2010 as a guard for 12 different teams. 

Vaughn took over for Steve Nash early in the season, survived the midseason trades of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and got the Nets into the playoffs. They lost to the 76ers in the first round.

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