Six weeks after winning his first national title as coach, 18 months after taking over the program and four years removed from the NBA, Ollie is sought after.
UConn is working on an extension that will at a minimum double his salary to over $2.6 million per year.
And as we've found out, there's also the NBA -- which is coming hard. Every time a coaching job is coming up in the NBA Ollie's named is being mentioned. One is his young coaching mind, the other is his relationship with LeBron James and Kevin Durant, who both have a lot of respect for him as a former mentor. . If you have designs on trying to lure James or Durant, getting Ollie isn't a bad start (no matter how remote the chance).
What's Ollie looking for?
The NBA rumour mill is all over the place but courtesy of Mich Lawrence of the NY Daily News the Cavaliers came calling and were rejected.
According to team sources, the Cavs were rejected by UConn’s Kevin Ollie, who was seen as the perfect coach who could get Irving to re-sign long-term in Cleveland, while also having the ability to recruit former teammate LeBron James to return home this summer. The second part was a total pipe dream.So what's Ollie looking for? With Steve Kerr off to Golden State for five years and $25 million, Ollie would look for that kind of score from the NBA.
Kerr's never coached a game and gets $5 million, why not a 41-year old coach coming off a national championship. Here's the tidbit from the Akron Beacon Journal:
There are five teams (including the Cavs) still looking for head coaches. If one of them wants UConn’s Kevin Ollie, it’s going to cost them.Ollie has maintained that he wants to stay at UConn. He's working on an extension with athletic director Warde Manuel that will make him one of the highest paid coaches in the American Athletic Conference.
One source with knowledge of at least one team’s coaching search said Ollie will want a contract larger than the five-year, $25 million deal the Golden State Warriors handed Steve Kerr.
The reasoning is simple: Ollie has a longer record of success and accomplished more (won a national title) than Kerr has as a head coach. This is Kerr’s first head-coaching job.
It's a stunning rise for Ollie, who was given a short trial run as head coach in September of 2012. Less than two years later, Ollie has a national championship ring on his finger, NBA teams calling, and if he wants, a big extension on the way.
Not a bad way to start your coaching career.