Olson earned his chance to coach [UPDATED]Published 4:00am Monday, April 22, 2013 Updated 6:06am Monday, April 22, 2013
At a time when high school and college athletic directors typically look externally for a coach – hoping for someone with a big name or who coached at a school with a winning tradition – we applaud Fergus Falls High School athletic director Gary Schuler for hiring a coach in his own back yard.
If Steve Olson, whom the School Board will consider approving as head football coach on Monday, is anything, he’s one of us.
Olson is a graduate of Fergus Falls High School, played for the Otters and Fergus Falls Community College in the 1980s, and his father, Roger, was an assistant coach for the Otters for many years. He also has more than paid his dues, working as an assistant coach in the district for 18 years, 13 of them for the varsity under Phil Link and retiring coach Richard Risbrudt.
Through his experiences, Olson likely understands the system well enough to know what works and should not be changed, and what opportunities he has to make changes. As a long-time teacher, he also knows the players.
No question, there were likely coaches who applied that had been head coaches in other districts. Olson, however, has paid his dues and deserves the opportunity.
We wish him the best of luck.