Head Coach - Don Byron
Coach Byron, who was recently named to the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, begins his eleventh season as Head Coach of the Tigers after successful stops at Abington, Walpole, Mansfield and Watertown High Schools. His teams have made 22 State Tournament appearances, have won six league championships and were crowned Division 3 South Champions in 2009 while at Abington High School. He was voted Hockomock League Coach of the Year in 2016, Paul Sargent Board 54 IAABO Lifetime Coaching Award in 2016, Paul Sculley Board 30 Lifetime Coaching Achievement Award in 2017, South Shore League Coach of The Year in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009, Attleboro Sun Chronicle Coach of The Year in 1985, Daily Transcript Coach of The Year in 1989, Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Coach of The Year in 2005, 2009 and 2015, and the Boston Globe Division 3 Coach of The Year in 2009. In 2017, Coach Byron won his 400th varsity game in a non-league win over Barnstable High School. He has also coached AAU basketball for the prestigious BABC program, winning four state championships, two New England Championships and achieving a ranking of 20th in the nation in 2003. He is the owner and director of the successful Fast Break Basketball School which he began in 1989 and has been the Massachusetts representative to the McDonald’s All Star Game Nominating Committee. In addition, he currently serves as the 9th Past President of the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association and serves on their Executive Board. Coach Byron also is a member of Board 54 IAABO and is a certified basketball official.
Coach Byron resides in Easton with his wife Christine. His son Mike was a former Tiger 1000 point scorer at Oliver Ames and also played at nationally ranked Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His daughter Jen is an Oliver Ames varsity basketball alum and member of the state championship team in 2010. She is a recent graduate of Boston College and was a member of their club basketball squad.
Assistant Varsity Coach - Brian Costello
Brian Costello enters his tenth year on the Oliver Ames staff after spending 6 years coaching in the Philadelphia area. Costello is a University of Scranton graduate who spent 4 years serving as play-by-play announcer for the schools basketball program. Brian started his coaching career as a Varsity Assistant at the New York Military Academy. He moved to the Philadelphia area to work on his Masters Degree and joined the Plymouth Whitemarsh Girls Varsity Basketball staff. After 2 seasons as an assistant, he was named Junior Varsity coach. Costello spent 3 seasons as JV coach compiling a 42 and 18 record. During his last season at Plymouth Whitemarsh he split his time between coaching and scouting. He joined his brother's coaching staff at The Shipley School and scouted games for the Plymouth Whitemarsh Boys Basketball team, who won the 2010 Pennsylvania State Championship. Brian spent his first three season at OA as a Varsity Assistant and EMS 7th and 8th grade coach before being named freshman coach prior to the 2013-14 season. Costello spent six seasons as the freshman coach compiling a 89 and 32 record before taking on the role of Varsity Asstistant this season.
Brian is a Social Studies teacher at Oliver Ames High School and lives in North Easton with his wife Aileen and three children Claire, Jack and Kieran.
Junior Varsity Coach - Chuck Allen
Coach Allen, who was recently named Assistant Coach of the Year by The Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association, enters his twenty fifth year coaching at the junior varsity level where he began in 1995 through the 2000 season. After five seasons away from the game to pursue his career and start his own business, he returned to the Tiger Palace and accepted the Freshman coaching position which he held for three seasons.
Allen has held the distinction in both playing for and coaching three Oliver Ames Hockomock League undefeated teams. As a player on the 1975 and 1976 Hockomock League undefeated championship teams with winning records of 22-1 and 23-1. In his coaching career he was the assistant varsity coach for the 1997 Hockomock season that lead them to UMass where they fell short by one point to Duxbury.
He is a member of IAABO Board #30 basketball officials and owner of 2thepenny accounting services. He and his wife Jodi ( OA class of 1982) reside in Easton where they have raised four children together. Wesley (2003), Kaitlin (2005), Alexandra (2009) and John (2010) . All graduated from Oliver Ames
After starting his career coaching basketball and baseball for four years at Foxboro, Allen returned to his alma mater as the junior varsity coach for the 1994/1995 season.
Freshman Coach- Connor Bennett
Coach Connor Bennett enters his first year with Oliver Ames and his first year coaching high school athletics. A recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, he was amember of the division 1 basketball team. After walking on as a freshman, he earned a starting position and earned minutes to make an impact for the team. As a senior, his hard work was recognized and he received a full schlolarship.
Bennett was also president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was recipient of the 2018 Helping HandsTeam for his devotion to the community.
Connor played high school basketball at Wilmington High School and is a member of the 1000 point club. He averaged 24 points, 17 rebounds and 7 blocks for his senior year. He was named to the Boston Globe All Scholastic team and was the conference MVP.
Connor currently works as a tutor at the Abington Middle School and resides in East Bridgewater.
8th Grade Coach- Jake Fitzgerald
7th Grade Coach- Ryan Riley
Coach Ryan Riley is in his fifth year with the OA program. He joined the Tigers from the Norton school system where he served as varsity golf coach (9years) and coached the middle school basketball team for two years. Ryan also serves as the Varsity Golf Coach at Oliver Ames , winning back to back South Sectional titles and finishing ninth in the Massachusetts State Champonship Tournament in both 2017 and 2018. He was also named Boston Globe Division 2 Coach of the Yearin 2017. Ryan lives in Easton with his wife Joanne, son Lucas and daughter Brianna and works for Morse Insurance Agency. Ryan is a member at Thorny Lea Golf Club where he was the 2015 club champion and was crowned Massachusetts State Amateur Champion in 2011. He also won the Massachusetts Publinx Championship in 2019.