enters his second season as the special teams coordinator and outside
linebackers coach at North Carolina A&T. Oliver has worked under head coach
Rod Broadway at three different universities. Oliver also coordinates
recruiting efforts and serves as the staff's financial aid liaison.
outside linebackers were key to the team's defensive resurgence. Outside
linebacker D'Vonte Grant led the team in tackles and was a Jerry Rice Award
finalist for best freshman in Division I FCS. Fellow outside linebacker Brandon
Hover had a career season in 2011 as he recorded 74, which ranked him third on
arriving at A&T, Oliver spent four seasons at Grambling as the outside
linebackers coach and special teams and recruiting coordinator. Throughout his
tenure at Grambling, the Tigers had a stingy defense. During his first season
there in 2007, the Tigers ranked 10th in turnover margin, 11th
in scoring defense and 12th in total defense.
season, Oliver helped the Tigers earn the No. 1 pass defense in Division I FCS.
They were ranked third in scoring defense and seventh in total defense. In
2009, Grambling led the nation in punt return yardage per game. Kiare Thompson
averaged 19.4 yards per punt return to rank third nationally. In 2010, he was
fifth in the nation in the same statistical category.
spent four seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater N.C. Central. He was
part of building the Eagles into a NCAA Division II power. During Oliver's first
season in 2003, he served as the school's defensive backs coach, and helped
defensive back Luis George become a Division II Daktronics, Inc., All-Region
2004 season, Oliver became the wide receivers coach. In that capacity, Oliver
improved the Eagles' offensive attack. N.C. Central receivers averaged 176.4
yards per game while scoring 20 touchdowns. Receiver Torey Ross led the league
in receptions (53) and touchdown receptions (11), while being named CIAA Player
of the Week three times.
season saw even more improvement from Oliver's pass catchers. The unit caught
22 touchdown passes en route to helping the Eagles win the 2005 CIAA Championship.
Ross broke the school's single-season receptions record, was named CIAA Player
of the Year and played in the Whataburger Cactus Bowl. In addition, the Eagles
special teams unit had a successful season under Oliver. N.C. Central led the
CIAA in PATs, ranked second in kickoff and punt return average and third in
field goals made.
captured consecutive CIAA Championships and earned a berth in the NCAA Division
II Playoffs in 2006 with Oliver's units again playing a vital role. Eagle
receivers caught 156 passes for 27 touchdowns. The Eagles also ranked at or
near the top of many special teams statistical categories. Kicker Brandon
Gilbert earned Division II All-American honors as well as first-team All-CIAA
coaching at N.C. Central, Oliver spent time on Ben Blackwell's staff at
Delaware State. As a member of the Hornets' staff, Oliver coached defensive
backs and was an assistant special teams coordinator.
Oliver was a
standout defensive back and punter as a player at N.C. Central. He ranks ninth
among Eagle defenders in passes defended with 31. He was also a part of the
Eagles' 1996 secondary that led the nation in pass defense.
obtained his B.A., degree in physical education in 1998. In 2000, he earned his
M.S., degree in criminal justice. Oliver is married (Yvette) and has one son,