By Dave Brousseau
When University School fired Jim Carr as the boys’ basketball earlier this month they promised a new hire would be quick.
The school kept its word when they announced the hiring of former FAU assistant coach Ron Oliver to run the Sharks program.
Oliver, 41, who was a 4-year letterman at the University of Michigan and assistant men’s basketball coach at FAU from 2014-2018.
Oliver’s experience also extends to the NBA where he served as an assistant coach for 12 years with the 76ers, Pistons, Pacers, and Raptors.
University School athletic director Paul Herfurth said he wanted a leader who would be a role model for the student-athletes and had experience in player development both on and off the court.
“It was imperative that the coach also have valued relationships at the university level with a definitive process for developing our student-athletes for college,” said Herfurth. “Without a doubt, Oliver brings all of these characteristics to University School along with his passion for and knowledge of the game.
“I’ve had a relationship with Paul over the years,” said Oliver. “University has a great program so this became a no brainer.”
The Sharks dominated their all comers during the drive for the FHSAA Class 5A state title back in March. They successfully defended the title under Carr’s guidance, even without High School All-American Veron Carey Jr. who missed the state tournament with a foot injury.
Carr led the sharks to a 27-5 record along with the 5A state title and a berth at the Geico National Championships in New York.
Oliver said he plans to meet with some of the players this week to introduce himself and know their expectations for next season.
“It’s always exciting to coach best players,” said Oliver. “That process helps my goal to help them graduate.
“No pressure at all. At the end of the day you try to implement what you believe. Winning is a process and you try to relay the right messages. Once we establish that they’ll know who they are.”