In his prime, the 110m hurdler was a world champion, capturing gold at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. He earned the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and won four USATF Outdoor national titles in 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2015. He earned a bronze medal in the 60m hurdles at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar. He was the Pan-American Games champion in 2015. Oliver's PR of 12.89 in the 110m hurdles is the second-fastest time in U.S. history and makes him the fourth-fastest performer in world history.
The 35-year-old competed as recently as this past June, when he placed fifth in the finals at the USATF Outdoor Nationals to miss out on a spot at the IAAF World Championships by just two spots.
A two-time All-American while at Howard University, Oliver graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2004.
"I am happy to be back," Oliver stated in a press release on HUbison.com. "I am looking forward to taking over the reins and rebuilding our program."
Davis was thrilled to welcome Oliver back to Howard.
"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," Davis said in a press release. "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."
David Oliver after winning the 2013 IAAF World Championship: