Ex-Hawkeye Dean Oliver new asst. coach at North Dakota

Joins former Iowa assistant coach Brian Jones


The University of North Dakota men's basketball program has hired former University of Iowa player Dean Oliver as an assistant coach.

Oliver recently retired from professional basketball after a 9-year career, most of it overseas. He spent one summer playing for the now-defunct Cedar Rapids River Raiders of the United States Basketball League. He began his pro career with the NBA's Golden State Warriors. He played for teams in Slovenia, Croatia, Poland and France.

Oliver ranks No. 8 on Iowa's all-time scoring list with 1,561 points. He is third on the Hawkeyes' in all-time assists and second in steals. He played at Iowa from 1997 to 2001. He is married and has two children.

North Dakota head coach Brian Jones was an assistant at Iowa during Oliver's final two years there.

"Dean is a great addition to our coaching staff," Jones said. "His tremendous basketball background speaks for itself, but along with his impressive resume is his unbelievable character and values, which go hand-and-hand with our university and basketball program. We are excited to have him here and on the floor mentoring our players."

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