Ollie shifts 'credentials' debate

Ollie's unconventional coaching education could help others

Updated: July 21, 2014, 12:06 PM ET
By Fran Fraschilla | ESPN Insider

Kevin OllieAP Photo/David J. PhillipKevin Ollie led the Huskies to a national title in just his second year as a coach.

When Kevin Ollie was tabbed to replace Jim Calhoun as head coach of the UConn Huskies just one year after retiring from the NBA, questions were raised about the hire. Some believed Ollie's lack of coaching experience would make the job of replacing Calhoun, a Hall of Famer, nearly impossible.

But after winning a national championship for the Huskies just two years into the job, Ollie silenced his critics. Not only that, though: Ollie's success demonstrates how our traditional definition of coaching experience may not be adequate.

Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.