North Dakota staff update

University of North Dakota head men’s basketball coach Brian Jones announced an addition to and promotion within his staff on Tuesday.

Former University of Iowa and NBA point guard Dean Oliver was hired to fill an assistant coaching vacancy, while Tom Dryburgh, a former Sioux player and graduate manager, will take on the program’s newest full-time role as director of operations.

Oliver recently retired from professional basketball after a nine-year career that included stints in the NBA, the NBDL and a variety of leagues overseas. The Mason City, Iowa, native spent last season playing for JL Bourg in a league in France. Jones was on the Steve Alford led staff at Iowa as an assistant for Oliver’s final two seasons in the program.

Dryburgh enters his fifth season on the basketball staff and first in the newly created position. His responsibilities now include team travel, organization of summer basketball camps along with his existing roles of video preparation and advanced scouting.

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