Former Iowa Basketball Player Dean Oliver Named Assistant Coach at North Dakota

Former Hawkeye Dean Oliver has been hired as an assistant basketball coach at the University of North Dakota, Fighting Sioux head coach Brian Jones

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announced Tuesday.

This is Oliver’s first coaching gig. He’s spent the past nine years playing basketball professionally, including stops with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, the NBDL, as well as playing professionally in Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, The Netherlands, and France.

Oliver played for the Hawkeyes from 1998-2001 and ranks eighth on Iowa’s All-Time scoring list (1,561) and second All-Time in steals (205).

The former Hawkeye is very familiar with North Dakota head coach Brian Jones, who spent the past two seasons of Oliver’s collegiate career as an assistant coach at Iowa under Steve Alford.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity for me,” Oliver said in a press release. “I have known Coach Jones for a number of years, even before he was coaching, so this is a great chance for me to learn from him. It also gives me a chance to give back to basketball because it has been so good to me. I cannot wait to get started.”


Former Hawkeye Weekend Roundup

HawkeyeLocator recaps the weekend, informing lovers of the Black and Gold how their favorite former Hawkeyes performed with their respective professional squads.

Basketball Overseas

* Former Hawkeye Dean Oliver scored eight points and dished out 10 assists for Bourg (France) in the team’s 104-94 loss to Maurienne on May 6.

Arena Football League

Iowa Barnstormers

* Former Hawkeye quarterback Brad Banks completed 19-of-34 passes for 268 yards and five touchdowns, but he also had three throws picked off in the Barnstormers 71-57 loss to the Dallas Vigilantes on May 7. Banks also had 36 yards on the ground and ran for a touchdown.

* Recently signed kicker Kyle Schlicher made his first-ever professional field goal, connecting on a 29-yarder to open the contest for the Barnstormers. The former Hawkeye placekicker was also 6-for-8 on extra points.

* Ex-Iowa fullback Rodney Filer gained three rushing yards and recorded a 1-yard reception in the Barnstormers loss.

Philadelphia Soul

* Former Iowa offensive lineman Nyere Aumaitre started at guard for the Soul in their 58-42 loss to the Jacksonville Sharks on May 6.

Indoor Football League

Wichita Wild

* Former Iowa wide receiver Clinton Solomon had seven receptions for 90 yards in the Wild’s 51-14 blowout victory over the Oklahoma City Bricktown Brawlers. Solomon’s 50 receptions and 541 receiving yards both rank seventh-best in the IFL this season.

La Crosse Spartans

* Former Hawkeye kick returner / defensive back Walner Belleus recorded a tackle in the Spartans 44-21 loss to the Green Bay Blizzard.

New Map: Former Hawkeye Basketball Players

We’ve added a new interactive map to the “Maps” section of our site. This map features former Iowa Hawkeye basketball players — men and women — who are now playing professionally.

The locations range from Reno, Nevada to Tokyo, Japan.

Check it out here