Kevin Ollie has been the UConn men's basketball coach for 18 months.
He called it the best job in America when he took it.
Many would disagree. Replacing a Hall of Fame coach, realignment leaving the Huskies behind, an NCAA tournament ban looming.
The best job in America? It was the hardest job in America.
And Ollie handled it flawlessly.
Shabazz Napier wanted to be Kemba Walker.
His first foray at it was an abysmal failure. If it ended there, it would have been a good career nonetheless for Napier.
But something about Napier and Ollie clicked. The father on the bench, and the coach on the court.
Ollie replaced Jim Calhoun and Napier replaced Kemba.
The sequel was better than the original.
Where did it end up?
UConn's fourth national championship on Monday, 60-54 over Kentucky, puts the program in the elite class.
Think about the great programs in college basketball history -- Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville, Indiana etc.
UConn has four national titles now, one more than Kansas and Louisville, and tied with Duke in the all-time standings. UConn has one less national title than North Carolina and Indiana.
There was thought that the Huskies would recede when Jim Calhoun left. Now, UConn is national champions with a 41-year old head coach that apparently is one of the more popular players in the NBA.
Ollie didn't take credit for much of it in the postgame press conference. He knows it started with Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and others staying.
"It's a great feeling," Ollie said. "It's unbelievable because those guys stayed with the program. Those players up here should get the attention. If it wasn't for them this program wouldn't be here....they stuck with it through down times. They stayed together and always believed this path's possible."
This was a two-year plan for Ollie and UConn.
How was the program supposed to navigate a ban and then essentially getting kicked out of the Big East?
Ollie put in a plan and got the Huskies to play hard and play meaningful games winning 20 last year before the season ended. With the ban, the players went on Spring Break and many didn't even watch last year's NCAAs.
The goal was always 2014. It was a narrow focus with Napier at the helm that they targeted. Napier tasted the glory in 2011 watching Kemba Walker do his thing, and followed suit with an even more improbable run.
"We didn't come out here to get any revenge or anything like that. We came out here to play," Napier said. "When you have the greatest fans to back you up, you're going to play for them. That's what we did out that first year under Coach Ollie.
"And the second year we did the same thing, but we understood we had a chance to get to the promised land. And when you have the great fans that the University of Connecticut has, along with these great coaches, great trainers, and great managers, these players, something good's going to happen."
UConn went through a gauntlet of team's in the NCAAs from winning in overtime over St. Joe's, to winning two games at famed Madison Square Garden to winning in Arlington at the Final Four.
His run is eerily like Walker's. Here is a comparison of the two courtesy of Collegebasketballtalk.com
Shabazz Napier in 20142013-14 Season: 17.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.8 steals per game
24 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals in win over Saint Joseph’s
25 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals in win over Villanova
19 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals in win over Iowa State
25 points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal in win over Michigan State
12 points, three rebounds, six assists, four steals in win over Florida
22 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals in win over Kentucky
2014 Tournament: 21.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals per game
Kemba Walker in 20112010-11 Season: 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.9 steals per game
18 points, eight rebounds, 12 assists, two steals in win over Bucknell
33 points six rebounds, five assists, one steal in win over Cincinnati
36 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals in win over San Diego State
20 points, four rebounds, seven assists, one steal in win over Arizona
18 points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals in win over Kentucky
16 points, nine rebounds, zero assists, one steal in win over Butler
2011 Tournament: 23.5 points, 6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.5 steals per game
Napier's job may have been harder. This was a two-year run, not a one year run and he had such program tumult that the program desperately needed a deep March run.
When Napier came to UConn, he was joining a program that had already won two national titles and was considered one of the premier programs in the spot.
He leaves it having doubled those national titles and being the face of the team in its lowest point in program history.
"You got to continue to believe," Napier said. "We had faith in each other, and we are here. We won the whole thing. We didn't listen to any doubters. We just went out there and did what we had to do."
Napier and Ollie, together, helped get UConn out of it and back on top of the college basketball world.