Longtime UC San Diego assistant coach Olen named program's head coach
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Longtime UC San Diego assistant coach Eric Olen has been named the program's new head coach. The announcement was made on Tuesday by director of athletics Earl W. Edwards.
The 12th head coach of UCSD, Olen has spent the last nine seasons as an assistant with the Tritons. He replaces Chris Carlson, who recently accepted a position with the West Coast Conference.
"We are extremely happy to have someone with Eric's experience lead our men's basketball team," Edwards said. "His extensive knowledge of the program and the California Collegiate Athletic Association, along with his existing relationships with the student-athletes and his recruiting expertise, will make this transition as smooth as possible."
During the past nine seasons, Olen has played an integral part in all aspects of running the program and has served as the Tritons' recruiting coordinator. His primary duties have also included developing UCSD's post players.
"I'm really excited and grateful for the opportunity to work in this new capacity with the exceptional student-athletes we have on this team," Olen said. "Coach Carlson has done a great job moving the program in the right direction and I'm looking forward to continuing that progression."
Olen joined the UCSD staff as a second assistant under head coach Bill Carr for the 2004-05 season and was quickly promoted to first assistant the next year. During his tenure as an assistant coach, the Tritons collected 14 All-CCAA selections and two players garnered league freshman of the year accolades. In 2008, UC San Diego won its first CCAA tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time in program history.
"UC San Diego will always be a special place to me," said Carlson. "I am extremely thankful to Earl, the campus community and our student-athletes for the incredible opportunities and experiences that I've been privileged to be a part of. It is with a heavy heart that I leave UCSD, but I know that the program is in great hands going forward."