Following nine seasons as an assistant coach with the UC San Diego men's basketball team, Eric Olen was named the program's 12th head coach on Oct. 1, 2013.
In 2014-15, Olen paced UCSD to a 16-11 overall record, the most wins for the program since its 2008-09 campaign. The Tritons went 14-8 in CCAA play, collecting their most conference victories since moving to Division II and joining the league for the 2000-01 season. They finished in a tie for fourth place and earned a berth in the CCAA Championship Tournament.
A six-game win streak in January tied the team's longest in its Division II era.
The Tritons led all league squads in fewest turnovers per game and were second in three-pointers made. On the national scene, UC San Diego ranked sixth in the country in scoring defense, giving up just 61.5 points a game to opponents.
UCSD boasted a trio of All-CCAA Second Team selections in forward Drew Dyer, guard Adam Klie and swingman Hunter Walker.
In his first year at the helm, Olen led the Tritons to a 15-11 record. UCSD finished an even 11-11 in CCAA play, placing seventh and just missing out on a spot in the league tournament.
The Tritons led the CCAA in three-pointers made and were second in free throw percentage and third in scoring defense and assist/turnover ratio.
Guard James McCann was a first team All-CCAA selection, while Klie was tabbed the 2013-14 CCAA Freshman of the Year.
During his tenure as an assistant coach, Olen played an integral part in all aspects of running the program, including serving as the Tritons' recruiting coordinator. His primary duties also included developing UCSD's post players.
Olen joined the UC San Diego coaching staff as a second assistant under head coach Bill Carr for the 2004-05 season. Just one year later, he was promoted to first assistant.
UCSD recorded its first winning season at the Division II level in 2005-06, ending the year with a 15-14 overall record. The Tritons finished fourth in the CCAA that season with a league tally of 12-8, marking the program's first winning record in conference play as well.
In 2007-08, UCSD posted an 18-12 overall record, its best since becoming a Division II program. The Tritons won their first CCAA Tournament title and earned a berth in the NCAA Division II West Regional for the first time in program history.
In 2008-09, the Tritons finished with an overall record of 17-11, recording back-to-back winning seasons for the first time at the Division II level.
While at UCSD, Olen has helped coach players to 18 All-CCAA selections and three Tritons have garnered league Freshman of the Year accolades.
As a player at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., Olen helped the Badgers to three straight appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, including trips to the NAIA Elite Eight in 2000 and 2001.
He graduated from Spring Hill in 2004 with a degree in finance.