Wisconsin basketball has a new assistant coach. His name may be familiar to Big Ten fans.
Dean Oliver, who played at Iowa from 1997-2001, has joined the Wisconsin program.
Oliver comes to the Badgers after spending two seasons at North Dakota State (2012-14) and two at Illinois State (2015-17). While at Illinois State, he worked with the Redbirds guards.
“I am extremely honored and excited to be joining the men’s basketball staff at the University of Wisconsin,” Oliver said in a news 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.”
The Mason City, Iowa, native was an All-Big Ten selection at Iowa. He was the third Big Ten player to finish his career with more than 1,500 points, 500 assists and 200 steals. During his senior season, Oliver averaged 14.9 points, 4.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.
Oliver led the Hawkeyes in assists all four years and in steals three times. He was Iowa’s leading scorer in two seasons.
Wisconsin adds Dean Oliver as assistant coach
All-Big Ten guard
6-year coaching vet
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) April 20, 2017
“We are really excited to welcome Dean back to the Big Ten and the Wisconsin basketball family,” Badgers coach Greg Gard said in a 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.”