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 Ray Oliver
Ray Oliver

Director of Strength & Conditioning

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Ray "Rock" Oliver is in his third season as the director of strength and conditioning for the UK football team.

Oliver's history includes terms in football and basketball on the collegiate and professional levels. Prior to his current stint UK, he spent six seasons as the associate strength and conditioning coach with the Cincinnati Bengals and has been the head strength coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association.

On the collegiate level, Oliver has been the strength and conditioning coach with football and/or basketball teams at Kansas, Pittsburgh, UK, South Carolina and Memphis. He was previously at UK from 1989-92, working with the Wildcat basketball team.

A native of Cincinnati, Oliver was a defensive back at Ohio State in 1980-81 before transferring to the University of Cincinnati. While sitting out the '82 season as a transfer, he became interested in strength training under then-UC Coach Mike Gottfried.

When Gottfried moved to the University of Kansas in 1983, Oliver transferred to Kansas and began working as a strength and conditioning coach while completing his degree. He graduated in 1986.

Oliver is married and has two grown children.