Meet The Staff
Coach Oliver Vil
Coach Oliver Vil is Entering his first year as the Head Coach of the Oliver Ames Boys basketball program.
He took over the reins of the program after serving 2 seasons as the Head Boys Varsity Coach at Walpole High School. Prior to coaching at Walpole, Coach O sent 9 seasons as an assistant coach at Oliver Ames High School. He also served as JV coach at King Philip for 1 season.
During Coach O’s 9 season stint at Oliver Ames, he helped the program win the Hockomock Davenport Conference in 2011 & 2015. In 2015 the team made it to the MIAA D2 South Sectional Finals. He also helped the program reach the 2nd round in the MIAA State tournament in; 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2017.
While coaching at King Philip, the team made it to the MIAA D2 South Sectional Finals. Coach O assisted in coaching NBA star Jake Layman. Who, in 2012 was the #67 Top Recruit in the nation, and the 3rd best player in Massachusetts. In 2012 Jake was named Hockomock Player of the Year and ESPN Mr. Basketball of Massachusetts. Jake is the only player in King Philip history to have a career of over 1,700 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Coach O played high school basketball at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens New York. Where he was a 3-year Varsity player. In his Junior year Coach O received the team MVP honors. Coach O continued his student- athletic career at Curry College. He was a 4-year starter as a member of the Colonels. And was elected team captain during 1998 and 1999 seasons.
He is the Director of AAU Basketball Operations for the Dana Barros Gladiators basketball club. He is a member of IAABO #30 basketball officials. And is also on the Board of Executives for the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA)
Coach Kevin Eaton
Coach Kevin was born and raised in Easton where he is a member of the graduating class of 1999 from Xaverian Brothers High School. While at Xaverian Coach Kevin was a three sport Multi Varsity letterman in Football, Volleyball and Basketball.
Coach Kevin continued his education as well as his basketball career at The Catholic University which at the time was the top Division III program in the country. While at Catholic Coach Kevin was a Varsity Letterman and a member of the 2000 Elite Eight team. His dedication, tremendous work ethic and high basketball IQ set the foundation for his basketball playing and coaching career.
Coach Kevin then finished his College career at Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire where he graduated in 2004 with a dual degree in Business and Sport Management. At Daniel Webster Coach Kevin was a two sport multi Varsity Letterman in Basketball and Lacrosse.
He started his coaching career in 2003 at Nashua Catholic Jr. High School where he coached two years.
Through coaching on the AAU circuit since 2004, coaching teams such as The Manchester Wolverines, Bay State Magic and the Dana Barros Gladiators, Kevin has coached and mentored more than 35 student athletes who have gone on to play basketball at the collegiate level. These athletes have attended Universities such as Bates, Colby, UMASS Amherst, Cabrini University, Wesleyan University, Haverford College, Bridgewater State, Fitchburg State, Franklin Pierce, Curry, Regis and more. For the past two years Coach Kevin has been the Head Varsity Boys Assistant Coach at Walpole High School. He has been a member of the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association and an IAABO patched Basketball official for the past 11 years. Coach Kevin lives in Easton with his wife and three boys and is an integral part of the community.
Assistant Varsity Coach Drew Osei
Coach Osei enters his first year with Oliver Ames and his first year coaching High School Basketball. A Worcester Polytechnic Institute graduate, Osei spent three years as the WPI Men's Basketball team manager and walked on in his final undergraduate year of college, while pursuing a Civil Engineering Degree. Rather than continuing to compete for WPI on the court with 3 years remaining of eligibility, Osei decided to start his coaching career at WPI as an assistant coach during his pursuit of a Masters in Environmental Engineering.
After WPI, Coach Osei earned a Certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Personal Training Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. In 2019, Coach Osei and his wife moved to Brockton, where he would coach the Brockton Boxer AAU middle school team and train youth athletes. He currently works full-time for the Commonwealth as the lead water resources environmental engineer for Cape Cod and the Islands and part-time as a Personal Trainer, High Intensity Interval Training Coach and Group Fitness Instructor at Crunch Fitness Brockton. His passion is in mentorship, S.T.E.M field awareness, and professional development for student-athletes and is happy to be an on the court and off the court resource for the tigers.
Assistant Varsity Coach-Mike Byron
Mike Byron enters his second year coaching with Oliver Ames. Mike is a graduate of Oliver Ames class of 2009 where he was a three year starter and team captain of the basketball team. Mike is a member of the 1,000 point club and was a two time Hockomock League All Star, Boston Herald All Scholastic, and Brockton Enterprise MVP. Following his senior season, Mike was presented the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association South Player of the Year award. He is also a recent inductee into the Oliver Ames Athletic Hall of Fame.
After graduating from Oliver Ames, Mike went on to earn a civil engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he also played for the nationally ranked basketball program. After graduating from WPI, Mike began his career at Consigli Comstruction where he currently works as a senior Project Manager. Mike is also a basketball referee on IAABO Board 30.
Mike recently moved back to Easton with his fiance Denise.
Junior Varsity Connor Bennett
Coach Connor Bennett enters his second year with Oliver Ames and his second 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 Norton.