The University of Tennesse is taking full advantage of Buffalo's athletic talent, Rob Lanier has been coaching at Tennesee for a while, he is a Buffalo native, Davonte Gaines, who is in his second year, and I must add, he's my cousin, is also a Buffalo Native, and now Desmond Oliver is up for a head coaching job.

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According to WIVB, Oliver had helped out Fajri Ansari at Turner/Carroll High while earning his master's in student personnel administration at Buffalo State in the early 90s. Coaching was never really part of his plan. Desmond Oliver's long-term goal was to get his Ph.D. at UB and work in administration on a college campus and make a difference in young people's lives.

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Desmond Oliver worked his way up to his coaching job when long time friend Rob Lanier, suggested to him that there was a job opening at Niagara, Rob had started his career there before moving to St. Bonaventure. Desmond got the interview, and the rest was history.

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Desmond Oliver has overcome every possible obstacle any young black man from the east of Buffalo could possibly overcome, and now he has a chance to lead a team to an NCAA Tournament Championship as a Head Coach. This is another great look for our city and a positive motivator for our young children in the community to see happening.