Oliver Drake, the head men’s basketball coach at Midland University, will serve in his first USA Basketball coaching assignment as a court coach for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Training Camp.
Drake recently completed his third season (2015-16 to present) at Midland, where he has compiled a 53-38 record (.582 winning percentage).
His 2017-18 squad finished 16-14, while in 2016-17, Midland went 21-10 and earned an at-large bid to the NAIA DII National Championship Tournament.
Including five seasons (2010-11 to 2014-15) as the head men’s basketball coach at Ashford University in Iowa, Drake owns a career coaching record of 161-93 (.634) over eight seasons.
“I am extremely thankful and honored to have the opportunity to represent USA Basketball at the U18 training camp,” Drake said. “To be a part of USA Basketball and to represent this amazing country with this group of coaches and athletes is a dream come true.
“I am really excited to get to camp and learn from coach Self, coach Manning, coach Grant and all those involved while helping prepare the U18 players in any way I can,” Drake added. “I look forward to bringing passion and energy to all practices and meetings while doing whatever is needed from coach Self and his staff.”
Throughout all of his eight years, his team has been ranked in the top 16 in total rebound defensive each season, and tree times his team has led the nation in that category. His teams also are among the annual leaders in field goal defense, scoring margin and assist/turnover ratio.
Oliver Drake was hired at Midland University in August 2015, after five seasons at Ashford.
During his tenure at Ashford, Drake guided the Saints to 108-55 record (.663) and to three appearances in the NAIA DII National Championship Tournament.
In his first year at the helm he led the Saints to their second tournament appearance ever after going 23-11 and winning the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) title. That year his team led the NAIA DII in total rebound defense (28.7) and ranked 15th in scoring defense per game (65.3) and 25th in free throw percentage (.718).
In 2013-14, he was name Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Coach of the Year as Ashford went 23-10 and played in the NAIA DIII National Championship Tournament.
In 2014-15, Drake and his squad returned to the tournament and advanced to the Round of 16.
During his time at Ashford, he led the basketball program to their five most successful seasons on the court. His teams produced off the court as well, with three NAIA Scholar Team awards and two NABC Team Academic Excellence awards.
He is an active member of several coaching organizations, having served on the NAIA Championship Committee from 2013-2015, and he has been a member the NABC-NAIA National Committee since 2014, where he is currently serving as president.
A native of Neillsville, Wisconsin, Drake attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education/adaptive physical education. He earned his master’s degree in education from Viterbo University in 2008.
He and his wife, Kristen, live in Fremont with their two children; Sebastian and Stella.