“We are thrilled to welcome one of Howard’s most decorated former student-athletes back to the Mecca,” said Davis. “David is a globally recognized track and field champion and brings a unique passion to help student-athletes achieve their dreams on the track, in the classroom and in life after Howard.
“Most importantly, his personal achievements at the highest levels of competition will be an example to our student-athletes of what you can achieve through hard work, dedication and passion for your craft.”
The Denver, Colo., native was destined to be a track & field star after his mother, Brenda Chambers, secured a spot on the 1980 Olympic Team in the 400-meter hurdles.
Oliver returns to his alma mater as a highly decorated professional athlete. He was the 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist in the 110-meter hurdles, and the 2013 World Champion in the same event. Indoors, he earned the Gold medal in the 2008 USA Indoor Championships in the 60-meter hurdles and bronze in the 2010 World Championships.
He maintained top 10 rankings in the world for 11 consecutive seasons, and has received several accolades including the 2010 Jesse Owens Award which recognizes the USA’s Most Outstanding Track Athlete.
A two-time All-American as student-athlete at Howard, Oliver was inducted into the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame and the 2014 Howard University Hall of Fame.
“I am happy to be back,” Oliver stated. “I am looking forward to taking over the reins and rebuilding our program.”