When Frank Oliver coached in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association, there was so little competition for his H.D. Woodson girls’ basketball teams that they won 98 straight games, including three in a row by 89-5, 86-1 and 94-0 scores.
Finding formidable foes will not be a problem at his new stop. McNamara on Wednesday named Oliver as coach, and his job will be to develop a team that slipped to 3-23 last season in the ultra-competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.
“It’s definitely refreshing,” Oliver said late Wednesday afternoon after touring the school with Athletic Director Tony Johnson and before meeting with his inherited players and their parents. “I always looked forward to competing against [the WCAC] in the City Title Game and now I look forward to it every single game.
“I want the kids to be challenged, and I want them to be tested every night because that’s the only way for them to get better. With that challenge comes maturity.”