Spring Lake Park High School is excited to announce Oliver Major as the new head boys’ basketball coach.
With 22 years of experience as a basketball coach and teacher at Spring Lake Park Schools, Oliver is honored and ready to continue the “Tradition of Success” the Panther boys’ basketball program has exhibited over the years.
“His passion for Spring Lake Park runs deep,” says Will Wackman, Athletics and Activities director. “Throughout his entire career as a teacher and coach in the SLP School system, Coach Major has shown a deep commitment to our community, our district, and our student-athletes. This commitment, along with his vision for the basketball program, makes him the best person to lead Panther basketball into a new era.”
Oliver was raised in Columbia Heights where he played basketball and baseball throughout his school years. He went on to Gustavus Adolphus College where he continued playing basketball and graduated with a major in elementary education and a minor in coaching.
He began teaching and coaching at Spring Lake Park Schools in 2000.
Oliver started on the boys’ basketball staff as a 9th grade coach until 2004 and then moved on to his current coaching roles as junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant coach. Over the years, he has also coached many basketball camps and clinics in the community and around the state. His many accomplishments over the years, include:
- Serving as assistant coach on state tournament teams in 2004, 2007 and 2009
- Serving as assistant coach on the co-champ team in 2020
- Being named State Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016
- Playing a significant role in developing a program that has led to many successful alumni players, including numerous college basketball players
Oliver takes the reigns from Grant Guzy, who retired from coaching in March after 30 successful seasons as head coach. He says it was a privilege learning from one of the best and that he is proud to continue to be a part of a program that has made a positive difference for the players.
“Moving forward, I will use what I learned from Coach Guzy as well as my own philosophy and experiences in teaching and coaching to evolve and develop a new era and culture of Panther basketball,” says Oliver.
He already has plans for how the coaching staff will continue developing players.
“I will continue to work with our strong youth program to build relationships and develop the skills needed to become a future Panther basketball player,” he says. “I am ready and committed to lead our student-athletes who will have high standards of a team first mentality as well as being a highly competitive, tough-minded, motivated, energetic and fun team to watch and a group of leaders off the court that our community can be proud of.”
In addition to coaching, Oliver has taught several different grades and is currently an academic specialist for 5th and 6th graders at Westwood Intermediate. He lives in Blaine with his family who are all very active in the community, the district and in Panther athletics and activities.