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Badgers fill out men's basketball staff by hiring Oliver

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The Badgers have filled the vacancy in the men's basketball coaching staff. Head coach Greg Gard announced the hiring of Dean Oliver in a press release.

“We are really excited to welcome Dean back to the Big Ten and the Wisconsin basketball family,” Gard said. “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.”

Oliver spent the past three seasons coaching at Illinois State. Before that, he spent three seasons at North Dakota. Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Oliver played nine seasons of professional basketball, including two seasons with the Golden State Warriors.The native of Mason City, Iowa was an All-Big Ten selection with the Iowa Hawkeyes. He was just the third player in conference history to finish his career with more than 1,500 points, 500 assists and 200 steals.

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