Kevin Ollie faced a slew of challenges to overcome when he accepted the job of the UConn Huskies men's basketball team.
He was following a legendary coach, saddled with NCAA sanctions, lost most of the star players from last year's team and saw several recruits decide to play elsewhere.
The team he inherited was young and undersized and had low expectations, something that's not normal in Storrs this time of year.
It's a difficult situation for even the most experienced of coaches, much less someone as relatively new to the profession as Ollie.
Thus far he's done a tremendous job of rebuilding a proud program that has fallen on hard times. The early returns have been positive, and these five factors prove that Ollie is the right man for the job.