In three seasons as the University of Connecticut head basketball coach, Kevin Ollie has a 72-33 record. He led seventh-seeded UConn to a national championship in 2014. Last season, the Huskies finished 20-15 and lost in the first round of the NIT.
On Thursday, he removed his name from the list of candidates to replace fired coach Scott Brooks of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder by posting a picture of his bible on Instagram with the caption; ‘Everybody has their sources but this is the only Source I need.. #FamilyFirstAlways #UConnLuv‘
Speaking with The Fellowship of Christian Athletes after winning the national title in 2014, Ollie said, “I am on a crusade to lift up Christ in everything I do. People have to see Christ in us.”
“I am trying to emphasize that with all of the people I meet,” Ollie continued. “In the end, I want them to see me as an example of God—not only a role model, but a God model.”
Growing up in a tough section of Los Angeles, Ollie was faced with the influence of gang violence.
“In my own life, because God had blessed me with a solid faith in Him through the instruction of my mother, I was able to avoid most of them.”
Dorothy Ollie, Kevin’s mother, an assistant minister in the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles, provided her own support system, instilling the power of faith in her children. Faith, Ollie says, “is the center of life . . . everyone peaks off of their faith in God and Jesus Christ. Money, women, alcohol can’t fill a void. Faith can help you overcome obstacles.”