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Frank Oliver Jr. resigns as H.D. Woodson girls’ basketball coach

“We were able to help a lot of kids, young ladies getting scholarships and fulfill their dreams,” said H.D. Woodson Coach Frank Oliver Jr., right. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

H.D. Woodson girls’ basketball Coach Frank Oliver Jr., one of the region’s most successful coaches, said he is resigning from his position at the Northeast Washington public school.

Oliver, 33, took over H.D. Woodson in 2004 and helped return the Warriors to prominence, producing four All-Met players in his tenure and becoming a mainstay in The Post’s Top 20 rankings.

In eight years, he guided the Warriors to seven straight D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association titles and 98 consecutive league wins, while compiling a 167-51 record. His teams regularly posted lopsided victories, including a 94-0 win in 2010.

“I think it’s time for me to just move in a different direction whether it be at another high school or college,” Oliver said. “I think it’s time. I think everybody gets to that point where you want to reach others.”

This winter, Oliver guided a team of only eight players to a 26-6 record while playing a national schedule. The second-ranked Warriors capped their season with their third City Title win in the past five years and Oliver was named All-Met Coach of the Year.

“I think everything that we’ve achieved over the years, the program is in good shape and that’s how you always want to leave things better than when you came in,” he said. “We were able to help a lot of kids, young ladies getting scholarships and fulfill their dreams.”

Oliver said he recently resigned from his health and physical education position at Hardy Middle School in Northwest. He added that his teaching resignation was independent of his decision to leave his H.D. Woodson coaching position.

Since he started coaching at H.D. Woodson, Oliver said he wanted to become a teacher inside the school but was never given a job because the same positions were already filled. The lack of a job at H.D. Woodson played a factor, he said, in why he left.

“It would have helped,” he said. “That’s neither here nor there. But obviously, I wasn’t. There are other opportunities where it might be a little easier. It’s tough to make that commute.”

Oliver said he hasn’t been offered a job to coach basketball elsewhere.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.



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