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UVA names Oliver defensive line coach

Published On: Jan 13 2014 11:04:19 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 13 2014 02:33:38 PM EST
Jerome Oliver

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University of Virginia defensive line coach Jerome "Jappy" Oliver.


The University of Virginia named Jerome “Jappy” Oliver as its defensive line coach Monday.

Oliver replaces Vincent Brown, who took a coaching job at Connecticut.

Oliver has 35 years of coaching experience, including stints at Air Force, Buffalo, Navy, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt. Oliver spent the past four seasons as the assistant head coach, defensive line coach, and professional football liaison at Buffalo. The Bulls made their second bowl appearance in program history in 2013.

“I’ve known coach Oliver for a number of years from my time serving as a defensive line coach,” UVA coach Mike London wrote in a news release. “He is someone who has always been highly respected in the profession. I think he is a very good fit for our program. He has worked at a number of BCS schools that share the same values as Virginia. He has a reputation for having good relationships with his players. He will also be very effective teaching and coaching Jon Tenuta’s systems on defense because of their prior time working together.”

Oliver will be reunited with UVA defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta. Oliver and Tenuta coached together at Notre Dame during the 2008 season.

Oliver graduated from Purdue University in 1978 where he played football for three years.