Oliver Eslinger
Oliver Eslinger
Previous College: Clark University '97
Position: Associate Head Coach (Clark '97)
Weapon: 6th Year


After spending five years as the top assistant at MIT, Oliver "Doc" Eslinger, Ed.D, was named associate head coach in 2007. In this role, Eslinger is responsible for all phases of the program, including practice and game preparation, on-the-floor coaching, scouting, recruiting, scheduling, video editing and exchange, travel management, budget facilitation, alumni relations and facility coordination.

The Engineers have compiled a 87-73 record (.544) since Eslinger joined the staff in 2002. Over the past six seasons, precedents have been set for the only two post-season appearances (ECAC) and two tip-off tournament championships in team history. In 2006, the program achieved the most wins in its 105-year history (21-9) which led to Larry Anderson being named NEWMAC Coach of the Year. Nearly every season under Eslinger, MIT has ranked nationally in the top 10 in field goal percentage defense, scoring defense, rebounding margin or free throw percentage. He coached the 2006 team when it traveled to Taiwan and won the Kainan Invitational International Tournament Championship, while he was instrumental in developing MIT's only d3hoops.com All-American, ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American, and NEWMAC Player of the Year from MIT. Since then, he has coached the lone Jostens Trophy finalist from the Institute. In addition, Eslinger has recruited and coached the only two NEWMAC Rookies of the Year from MIT and coached 14 NEWMAC all-academic team members. In 2006, Eslinger received an MIT Gold Award for outstanding service and dedication to DAPER and the MIT community.

Eslinger made the trek to Cambridge after previously serving as head coach at Boston University Academy and as an assistant coach at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, N.Y. Eslinger also stays actively involved in camps and clinics at all levels, making significant contributions over the last fourteen years to Bentley, Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, Rising Star, Crossover Sports in Shanghai, China, and most recently, the Matt Lottich Life Skills Basketball Camp in San Carlos, CA. In addition to his coaching positions, he works with various athletes and teams as a sport and performance consultant.

Eslinger played high school basketball at Bethlehem (N.Y.), and continued his career at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., where he was a starting guard and majored in psychology. A past adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire and Lasell College, Eslinger earned his doctorate in counseling psychology-sport psychology and masters in counseling from Boston University. During his tenure with the Terriers, Eslinger co-founded Top Game Sport Consulting, and then later served as a consultant for the 2003 Women's World Cup. While honoring his commitments to the MIT basketball program, Eslinger previously co-directed the MIT Summer Day Camp, and was a founding faculty member and Director of Athletics at the Community Charter School of Cambridge in Kendall Square.