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During a press conference held Monday, April 5, inside Gordon Ball Court, East Tennessee State University Director of Athletics Scott Carter announced the hiring of Desmond Oliver as the new head coach of the ETSU men’s basketball program. Oliver, who spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee, becomes the 18th head coach in ETSU men’s basketball history. The Buffalo, N.Y. native brings 27 years of Division I coaching experience with him to Johnson City, as he held stints as an assistant at Charlotte (2010-15), Canisius (2009-10), Georgia (2004-09), Rhode Island (2001-04), St. Bonaventure (2000-01), Cornell (1998-2000), Texas A&M (1997-98) and Niagara (1994-97). To learn more about Coach Oliver, click here.


In addition to starting his ninth season as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Lees-McRae College in 2020-21, and his tenth overall on the coaching staff, Steve Hardin will be serving on the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship Committee and will continue to serve for a term that extends through August 2024. For more information about this appointment, click HERE. After a rebuilding season in 2018-19, Hardin guided the Bobcats to the second-most wins in program history in 2019-20 as they won 18 games. Quay Kimble (2nd team) and Jason Saintizaire (3rd team) earned All-Conference Carolinas honors under Hardin's guidance. Lees-McRae received votes in the national polls early in the season as it got off to stellar start. Capping the 2019-20 season for Hardin and the Bobcats was a 100-91 victory over North Greenville in the home finale at Williams Gymnasium. The victory was Hardin's 100th as Lees-McRae's Head Coach and he became the first Head Coach during the Division II era to reach 100 victories in charge of the program. Click here for more on Coach Hardin.


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