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Michael Curry was named FAU head mens basketball coach on April 7, 2014. Curry, who played for seven NBA teams during an 11-year career and also previously served as head coach of the Detroit Pistons, is the eighth coach in FAU program history.
“On behalf of the Florida Atlantic University community, I am thrilled to welcome Michael and his wife Katrina to the FAU family,” said FAU President John Kelly. “His background as a player and coach is impressive, as is his experience as a leader off the basketball court. I have no doubt that our basketball program is on the verge of tremendous success under Michaels direction.”,
Curry brings to FAU more than 20 years of basketball experience as a coach, player and front-office executive. Immediately prior to FAU, he served as associate head coach (2010-13) for the Philadelphia 76ers, where he was part of Doug Collins staff. Curry, who carved his NBA playing niche on a Collins-coached Pistons team (1993-94), focused his attention on the teams defense which was critical in the 76ers 2011-12 playoff run to the Eastern Conference semifinals. In both 2010-11 and 2011-12 the team had a top-five ranked defense.
Charlemagne Gibbons was named Florida Atlantic Universitys assistant mens basketball in May of 2014. He works primarily with the Owls big men.
Gibbons made the jump to the college ranks after a leading Morgan County High School, in Madison, GA, to the Boys AAA State Championship, the first in school history. Gibbons and his Dawgs finish the 2013-14 year with a 26-5 record and Gibbons was named the Georgia 3A Coach of the Year. In his final three seasons at MCHS, Gibbons tallied a 73-18 record and were crowned Regional Champions three-consecutive seasons (2012-14). The Dawgs appeared in the Georgia Elite 8 in 2012 and the Georgia Sweet 16 in 2013. Gibbons accolades were made possible by talented athletes who prospered under his guidance and were honored as the 2014 Mr. Basketball by the Georgia Sports Writers Association, the Atlanta Journal Constitution 3A Player of the Year as well as eight All-State selections from 2006-2014 and 11 All-Region selections during the same period.
Gibbons also served as the MCHS varsity girls coach from 2010-13 with a similar outcome. In his first season 2011, the squad advanced to the Georgia Elite 8. One year later, Gibbons guided the girls to a Regional Championship and a second Elite 8 appearance in as many seasons. Five players earned All-Region recognition from 2010-13 and four were All-State selections 2010-13. From 2006-2010, Gibbons served as the Director of a national 32 team Holiday Tournament. And, he served as the Director of the Hoops in Overdrive National Tournament from 2009-12.
Ron Oliver joined Florida Atlantic Universitys staff as the Director of Basketball Operations in May 2014 before being elevated to assistant coach in the spring of 2016. He brings over 15 years of experience at both the college and NBA level.
Oliver served as an advanced scout for the Philadelphia 76ers from 2011-13. Prior to the 76ers, he served as the Director of Basketball Operations at Ball State University for the 2010-11, a season that the Cardinals posted a 19-13 record.
Oliver, an Arkansas native, brings coaching and operations knowledge gained from more than a decade of work with the National Basketball Association (NBA). In addition to his tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers (2011-13), he spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons (2007-09) under then head coach and current FAU Head Coach Michael Curry in addition to Flip Saunders. As Assistant Coach, Oliver organized team practices, developed scouting reports and game plans, and designed training routines, and pre-draft workouts, geared towards enhancing athletic performance. Oliver also served as the teams video coordinator from 1999-2003, working for Head Coaches Alvin Gentry, George Irvin and Rick Carlisle.
Jorge Sanz initially returned to what brought him to Florida Atlantic University, video operations, under newly hired head coach Michael Curry. As Director of Video Operations, Sanz oversaw film exchange in addition to assisting with day-to-day operations of the basketball program before being promoted to assistant coach in the spring of 2016. He is the longest tenured member of the program, having joined prior to the 2011-12 season.
Sanz came to FAU in 2010 and was instrumental in the teams Sun Belt Conference regular-season championship and the programs first trip to the NIT. Sanzs role was then expanded to director of basketball operations, a position he served from 2011-14. In that role, Sanz was responsible for a diverse arrange of duties, such as coach and team travel, supervising film editing and exchange, organizing student managers and overseeing the teams academic progress as well as coordinating individual and team camps.
Sanz played his youth basketball for C.B. Zaragoza, in Spain. He came to the United States for his final year of high school where he was a starter for McKeesport High School in Pennsylvania. He returned home to Spain where he worked in the corporate field for five years, until he had the opportunity to follow his passion, basketball.
Director of Basketball Operations
Deon Curry joined the Florida Atlantic University staff as Director of Basketball Operations in the spring of 2016 after spending four years in the same position at Campbell University.
A former football and basketball standout at Michigan State, Curry worked in the hospitality management field before entering the collegiate coaching field. Currys responsibilities include overseeing the teams travel arrangements as well as video editing and exchange. He will also assists in game preparation.
A four-year letter winner as a wide receiver at Michigan State, Curry also played for Coach Tom Izzos 2006-07 basketball squad that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Curry earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for football and graduated with a B.A. in hospitality business in 2008.