Josh Oppenheimer is in his first season as a member
of Jim Christian’s coaching staff at Kent State.
Oppenheimer comes to Kent State after three seasons
In the three seasons at DePaul the team won 58 games
including 30 in conference play, the most in any
three-year period in school history.
Oppenheimer’s second season at DePaul (2003-04) was
a big success as the Blue Demons reached the second
round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time
since 1989 and won a share of the program’s
first-ever Conference USA regular season title.
Prior to Depaul, Oppenheimer spent two seasons as
the top assistant at Delaware and a pair of seasons
at Duquesne where he was rated among the top
recruiters in the nation at the mid-major level by
A native of Los Angeles, Oppenheimer got his start
in coaching by spending 10 years as coach of the
L.A. Rockfish, one of the nation’s top AAU programs.
Oppenheimer played seven seasons of professional
basketball. He spent two summers in the United
States Basketball League playing for Atlanta,
Philadelphia and Palm Beach and also logged a season
in the Continental Basketball Association with Cedar
Rapids. He spent six seasons in the Israel National
A graduate of Northern Arizona, Oppenheimer played
his freshman season at Rhode Island, where he and
Christian were members of the Rams’ NCAA Tournament
“Sweet 16” team. He transferred the following season
to Northern Arizona and averaged 17.5 points per
game in his three years with the Lumberjacks.
Oppenheimer and his wife Adrienne have two
daughters, Gabriella (9) and Nicolette (6).
“I played with Josh in college and I’ve known him a
long time and he has had nothing but success
everywhere he has been,” Christian said. “He relates
very well to our players and he is a great teacher
of the game.”