Oliver McNally is a Big-Picture Thinker
Oliver doesn’t put off dealing with issues that could impact his entire division – that’s something Jarvis admires about him as someone who considers broader implications of situations.
Honick describes him as an invaluable asset for Harvard coach Tommy Amaker.
Early Life and Education
Oliver McNally of Harvard was in a game against Princeton in January 2010 with 2.8 seconds remaining and his team down two points. Facing Doug Davis from Princeton along the baseline near the basket, McNally attempted to block Davis’ shot from above by leaping at him as they crossed paths along a hallway near him and leaping.
McNally has appeared at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall and Elebash Hall among others. He earned degrees from Mannes College of Music and Temple University where he studied under Jacob Lateiner, Jerome Rose and Harvey Wedeen.
McNally’s plays have found critical and popular success alike, becoming a fixture in contemporary theatre as an innovator who “improves his work with each production”. McNally serves as a role model to young playwrights through his efforts in perfecting his craft with each play he writes and production.
Oliver McNally has twice won Division V Player of the Year honors and helped Branson School win three straight state titles. Although there were Western programs recruiting him, McNally decided to take a risk and travel East.
He is a true team player who prioritizes team success over personal gain, using his unique set of talents to assist his teammates and hone his game at Harvard. After graduation he hopes to continue playing overseas and hopes it can serve not only as an avenue of competitive success but also serve as an educational experience. Ideally he would like something that marries basketball with helping others.
Achievement and Honors
Oliver McNally was Harvard’s co-captain at point guard and an integral component to their success. McNally’s teammates consider him their greatest leader even during times of difficulty, such as when he suffered an ankle sprain that forced him out for half of an Ivy game against Brown, yet still managed to lead them back from behind with one of the largest comebacks ever witnessed in college basketball history.
McNally also collaborated in adapting his play Frankie and Johnny into a film adaptation, which Time critic Terry Teachout described as an “excellent commercial comedy about love in an age of AIDS.” Additionally, McNally founded two music series; Pianofest in East Hampton and New Braunfels Chamber Music respectively.
Oliver has always had an impressive ability to see the bigger picture. At the same time, he’s very kind and caring – which makes him an exceptional training officer.
Even as his sophomore season progresses and he finds himself benched much of the time, Tommy Amaker appreciates what Tommy brings to the table and appreciates what his contributions can mean to both team and students alike.
He’s the heart and soul of Branson School basketball team and has led them to four consecutive state finals. Clenching his hand after making a key basket or looking out to the crowd with passion– it is evident that he loves what he is doing.
McNally joined the Tennessee legislature in 2019 as an appointed member. A wealthy businessman with an estimated net worth of over $1.5 million, McNally had invested in various restaurants and hotels while also working as a professional actor and musician.
His restaurants generate millions in annual revenues. He has an exceptional track record in opening establishments in underserved neighborhoods; such as Odeon in Tribeca, Cafe Luxembourg in an underserved section of Upper West Side, Nell’s on West 14th Street, Lucky Strike in Soho, Pravda Nolita and Balthazar Meatpacking District.
McNally enjoys a large following of customers that follow him from place to place and help promote his restaurants by inertia – this includes Lorne Michaels and Anna Wintour amongst many others.