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Assistant Coach: Jamel Marshall

Tia Bell   Email |  profile

Ms. Tia Bell became familiar with the struggles of at-risk youth early in life as the oldest child of an adolescent mother in North West, Washington, D.C. Countless adverse conditions should have impeded her growth as a young woman but her athletic ability, community support system, and determination to succeed both on the court and in the classroom earned her an invitation to serve as a valuable member of the Wolfpack Women's Basketball Club by way of HD Woodson Senior High School. 

In 2011, Ms. Bell received her Bachelor’s of Science in Sport Management from NC State University. Following multiple acute knee injuries which affected her basketball career, she was afforded the opportunity to become the first in her family to complete high school, college and now pursue a Master’s degree. It was during this process that she discovered her true gift of advocating for at-risk youth and athletes. In the last several years Ms. Bell has gained professional experience in both undergraduate admissions and college access programs, and she plans to use her Youth Development and Leadership degree and business, FOuR Youth, to emphasize personal development, promote post-secondary education, normalize adversity, and promote positive images of disadvantage youth for and to leaders of tomorrow.

Frank Oliver   Email |  profile

Frank Oliver, Jr. was privileged to have played for the Legendary Coach Morgan Wootten at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD. The accomplishment of playing on a varsity team of such a strong program was a sign of the many great accomplishments to come in his near future. While at DeMatha, Frank was a part of one of the storied WCAC Championship teams that Coach Wootten lead winning 31 games during his senior year. However, his impact at the school was felt beyond the gymnasium as he was elected, by his peers, Class Secretary in his senior year. A true student-athlete, Oliver earned an athletic scholarship to attend and play basketball for Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University before graduating from DeMatha in 1996. 

Once at FAMU, the on-court milestones continued as Frank was a member of the 1999 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship team as a junior. Off the court, he was an involved student and served as a member of P.E.P.S. (Physical Education Professional Students) and AAHPERD (American Alliance of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance), a national organization. In April 2001, Oliver went on to graduate and receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education.

Continuing the journey, later in 2001 Frank traveled to Europe for a basketball Odyssey. Training in Belgium with professional team Power Wevelgem under Head Coach Rajko Toroman. A briefl stop in Amsterdam with the Ricoh Astronauts under famous Coach Ton Boot and in Switzerland with the Win-Vacallo in 2002. While in Switzerland Oliver was signed by the club to make a run at the coveted Swiss Cup. Overseas was seemingly home until an injury brought Frank back to the Washington, DC area where he started to embark on the next phase of his life, teaching and coaching. 

Utilizing the degree he earned as a student-athlete, Mr. Oliver was hired in the 2003-2004 school year, as a Physical Education teacher at one of DCPS' best high schools, Banneker Academic Senior High School. In 2004-2005, Frank taught and served as Athletic Director at Kelly Miller Middle School. He is also taught Physical Education at Ronald H. Brown Middle School for the three years. From 2009-2012 he taught at Hardy Middle School in Georgetown and was the Department Chair attained a highly effective rating as a physical educator.   

During his teaching tenure in DCPS, Mr. Oliver has been selected to write curricula for the District of Columbia Public Schools and has a writing credit for middle school mathematics course focusing on Algebra 1 part one, as well as for the Health and Physical Education course.

In the 2003-2004 basketball season his first as a head coach, Coach Oliver lead the Francis Junior High School Girls Basketball team to a 17-0 record and DCIAA Championship. The following year Oliver received the head coaching job with H.D. Woodson Senior High School Lady Warriors Basketball team and with a vision, hard work, and dedication rebuilt the perennial local powerhouse to a nationally recognized program with several college bound student athletes. 

Once Mr. Oliver started coaching, as he was as a player, he was a student of the game constantly studying his craft. His focus became providing his players with and preparing them for the opportunity to have the same experiences he did as a college-bound student-athlete. He knew doing so would take more than the usual four month long school season and with that in mind decided to extend his commitment to year round. Soon after making that decision, Oliver came up with a concept to start a Spring/Summer travel team and not-for-profit organization that would solidify all that he was providing for his players already. In the spring of 2006, The DC COBRAS were born. DC C.O.B.R.A.S., which is an acronym for College Opportunity through Basketball Readiness and Academic Success, as a program and team, is a reflection of Coach Frank Oliver, Jr.'s dedication to our youth and the sport of basketball which has allotted him numerous positive and life-enhancing experiences. 

As of the end of the 2008-2009 High School season, Coach Oliver owns a 103-24, record with a current 58 game win streak in the DCIAA. He has also lead his teams to the following accomplishments:

DCIAA East Division Champions 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,2010,2011,2012
DCIAA Tournament Champions 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,2010,2011,2012
D.C. City Title Champions 2008, 2009,2012
D.C. Hall of Fame Classic Champions 2008
Three Washington Post 1st Team All-Metropolitan members
Three Gatorade Player of the Year Recipients
2National rankings: Washington Post, #2, #6 (#2 Southeast Region), USA Today #9 

Coach Oliver has a 100% graduation rate from his high school and travel team and has eight players playing or preparing to play at the collegiate level as of 2009. He has acquired the following accolades and accomplishments thus far: 

DCIAA Coach of the Year 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
2008 Digital Sports D.C. Coach of the Year
2008,2009 Ward 7 Coach of the Year
2008,09 Nike Skills Academy Coach
2008 Real Basketball Report Coach of the Year
2009 HDSF (Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund) Congressional Reception Honoree
2009 Peaceoholics and Mayor Fenty's Youth and Change Agent Award Honoree
2012 Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year
2018 WCAC Coach of the Year
2019 WCAC Co-Coach of the Year

Coach Frank Oliver, Jr. is passionate about supporting youth and providing resources to them to afford them the opportunity to have a successful future. All of his programs are built on his key principle:

In life your priorities should be:
1. God
2. Family
3. School
4. Basketball
5. Everything else... 

Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934


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