The UC Irvine women's basketball program's nationwide search for a coach to replace Molly Goodenbour found its man just a few feet down the bench.
Doug Oliver, whose coaching resume extends nearly 40 years and includes stints as an assistant with the UCI men's and women's program in the last three seasons, was named Monday to become the Anteaters' eighth women's coach.
Oliver, a men's head coach at Idaho State for eight years (1998 to 2006) is known best for his two tenures as a men's assistant at Stanford, where in 14 seasons, the Cardinal made eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Final Four in 1997-98. He was also an assistant at Utah and Boise State.
Oliver has worked at UCI the last four years, the first in athletic administration, before spending two years as a men's assistant, first for Pat Douglass, then Russell Turner.
Oliver announced his retirement after the 2010-11 season, but weeks before last season, Goodenbour coaxed him into being an assistant for the UCI women's team. He said he agreed to coach last year with a one-season commitment and he had his things packed up under his desk when Goodenbour was fired after compiling a 44-76 record in four seasons, including 13-17 last season.