|Title:||Head Men's Basketball Coach/Assistant Athletic Director/Recruiting Coordinator|
|College:||Thomas Edison State College|
Mitch Oliver is entering his seventh season as head men’s basketball coach and his sixth year as an Assistant Athletic Director at Albertus Magnus College in the 2013-14 academic year.
Oliver and his squad are coming off another successful season after finishing the year with a 24-5 overall record. Albertus won its second-straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship title and its third in the last four seasons. The Falcons went on to play at Alvernia University in the NCAA Tournament First Round.
The Falcons were ranked as high as 19th in the Nation during the 2012-13 season and recorded their second-straight year with 20 or more wins.
Darius Watson (New Britain, Conn.) led the Falcons by being named GNAC Tournament MVP, while earning All-Conference First Team honors. Arshad Jackson (Hartford, Conn.) was named to the Second Team, while Jefferson Lora (Bronx, N.Y.) was named to the Third Team. Both Watson and Jackson reached the 1,000-point milestone during the season to become the 12th and 13th all-time Albertus men's basketball players to reach that plateau.
On January 15, Oliver earned his 100th career win as the Falcons defeated Suffolk University 95-76.
In 2011-12, the Falcons earned one of their most successful seasons in program history as the Falcons finished the year with a 28-2 overall record, a program-record in single-season victories. The Falcons finished the regular season with a 24-1 overall mark, while they went a perfect 18-0 in GNAC play to become the first-ever GNAC men's basketball team to go unbeaten in regular-season league play.
Oliver was named the 2011-12 GNAC Coach of the Year for the second time in the last three seasons as he led his team to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years as well. For their efforts, the Falcons were both GNAC Tournament and Regular-Season Champions.
Oliver's overall coaching record at Albertus is 111-59 heading into the 2012-13 season as he is the all-time winningiest coach in Albertus Magnus men's basketball history. With the Falcons' 22-point victory over Emerson College on Thursday, January 12, Oliver earned that respective title with his 70th career win.
The Falcons broke into the National rankings for the first time in program history during the 2011-12 season as they were ranked 24th in the February 6 Top-25 poll on D3hoops.com. Albertus was ranked as high as 15th in country on February 20 before finishing the season ranked 20th.
Oliver was also chosen as a finalist for the Glenn Robinson Award, which is presented annually to the top Division III men's basketball coach in the nation.
During the 2011-12 season, Ray Askew (Hamden, Conn.) became the first-ever Albertus Magnus men's basketball All-American, earning the recognition from both the National Basketball Coaches' Association (NABC) as well as D3hoops.com. Askew became the all-time leading scorer in program history as well as the all-time leading rebounder in both league and school history. He also earned All-Region honors and was tagged as both the GNAC Player of the Year as well as Defensive Player of the Year, respectively.
Askew was joined by sophomore Darius Watson (New Britain, Conn.) on the GNAC All-Conference First Team, while teammate Arshad Jackson (Hartford, Conn.) was named to the All-Conference Third Team.
In 2010, Oliver led Albertus to a 23-7 overall record and a 15-3 mark in the GNAC en route to being named the GNAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. During that season, the Falcons battled their way into the NCAA Tournament as they earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the GNAC Championship title.
The Falcons defeated No. 5 William Patterson University 57-55 on a buzzer beater to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they were defeated by DeSales University. Albertus received Top-25 votes to conclude the 2010 season with the Falcons being ranked 35th out of 404 teams in the final poll.
Askew was named the 2010 GNAC Player of the Year in addition to earning First Team All-New England honors. Walden St. Juste and Jefferson Lora were also named to the GNAC All- Conference Team, garnering Second Team and Third Team awards, respectively. Albertus also faced a Division I opponent in Yale University for the first time in program history.
In 2008-09, Oliver led Albertus to its' first winning season in seven years as the Falcons also earned an appearance in the GNAC semi-finals. In addition, the Falcons had a 78-50 upset playoff victory over No. 2 seed Emerson College. The 14 victories in 2008-09 were more than the last four seasons combined, while it was a 10-win improvement from the previous season.
Askew was named the 2008-09 GNAC Rookie of the Year, while Francisco Cordova was named to the All-Conference Third Team.
Prior to taking the head coaching position at Albertus Magnus, Oliver was a veteran of a decade as a Division I Men's Assistant Basketball Coach. He served seven seasons at Northeast Conference member Quinnipiac University as he was the program’s recruiting coordinator. Oliver helped the Bobcats to three Northeast Conference semifinal appearances and one Northeast Conference Championship game appearance, which was televised nationally on ESPN.
During Oliver's tenure he helped the Bobcats capture the Hofstra University 2002 Tip-off Tournament Championship title and the 2003 Hawaii-Hilo Tournament Championship crown. Quinnipiac also made an appearance in the prestigious Preseason NIT in 2004.
While at Quinnipiac, Oliver recruited and coached seven All-NEC players, one NEC Rookie of the Year and 13 players who moved on to play at the professional level.
Before arriving at Quinnipiac, Oliver also served three seasons as an assistant men's basketball coach at Northeast Conference Division I Sacred Heart University. Oliver started his career as an assistant basketball coach at both Foran and Bunnell High Schools.