Ron Oliver joined Florida Atlantic University's staff as the Director of Basketball Operations in May 2014. His appointment placed a veteran of nearly 15 years at both the college and NBA level on the staff.
Oliver served as an advanced scout for the Philadelphia 76ers from 2011-13. Prior to the 76ers, he served as the Director of Basketball Operations at Ball State University for the 2010-11, a season that the Cardinals posted a 19-13 record.
Oliver, an Arkansas native, brings coaching and operations knowledge gained from more than a decade of work with the National Basketball Association (NBA). In addition to his tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers (2011-13), he spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons (2007-09) under then head coach and current FAU Head Coach Michael Curry in addition to Flip Saunders. As Assistant Coach, Oliver organized team practices, developed scouting reports and game plans, and designed training routines, and pre-draft workouts, geared towards enhancing athletic performance. Oliver also served as the team's video coordinator from 1999-2003, working for Head Coaches Alvin Gentry, George Irvin and Rick Carlisle.
Prior to the Detroit Pistons, Oliver spent three seasons with the Indiana Pacers under Head Coach Rick Carlisle. As the Pacers video coordinator/advance scout, Oliver was responsible for the preparation of scouting reports and game plans, as well as leading team practices and shoot-arounds.
Internationally, Oliver gained experience as the Assistant Coach/Video Coordinator for the Toronto Raptors' under the direction of Head Coach Kevin O'Neill. Ron Oliver earned his bachelor of science in kinesiology and movement science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where he was a four-year letterman for the Wolverines. UM tallied an 81-51 (.614) record; including a National Invitation Tournament Championship in 1997.
Dedicated to his career and life-long learning, Oliver is currently pursuing a master in education from Northcentral University and anticipates completion in winter 2015. Oliver is an avid sportsman and enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Andrea Oliver, and their children, Isaias, Pedro, Malea, Jackson and Isabella.
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Education: Bachelor of Kinesiology and Movement Science, University of Michigan 1999; Master's in Education, projected winter 2015
Marital status: Dr. Andrea Oliver
Family: Isaias, Pedro, Malea, Jackson and Isabella
2014 - Florida Atlantic University (Director of Operations)
2011-13 - Philadelphia 76ers (Advanced Scout)
2010-11 - Ball State University (Director of Operations)
2007-09 - Detroit Pistons (Assistant Coach)
2005-08 - Indiana Pacers (Video Coordinator/Advanced Scout)
2003-04 - Toronto Raptor's (Assistant Coach/Video Coordinator)
1999-03 - Detroit Pistons (Video Coordinator)