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Olson new football coach

Published 10:54am Friday, April 19, 2013

The Fergus Falls football team did not have to go far to find a replacement for former head coach Richard Risbrudt.

Pending school board approval Monday, Assistant Coach Steve Olson will take over as head coach of the Otters.

“I feel very honored to be the new head football coach for the Otters,” Olson said. “I grew up in the program. My dad was an assistant coach for many years so my history with Otter football goes back to the late 70’s.”

A 1989 graduate of Fergus Falls High School, Olson played tight end and quarterback for the Otters. Olson would play football for Fergus Falls Community College his freshmen year, before deciding to focus on his academics. Olson finished his degree at St. Cloud State.

For the past 18 years, 13 of those on varsity, Olson has been an assistant for the Otters under head coaches Phil Link and Risbrudt, serving in several different capacities on the offensive side of the ball.

Olson said he looks to take the Otters in a different direction offensively, trading in the spread offense that coach Risbrudt established for more misdirection and option.

“I really liked coach Risbrudt’s offense but the way the Central Lakes schedule has evolved, we will have a difficult time lining up every week and going toe-to-toe with these bigger schools,” Olson said.

Defensively, the Otters will look similar to last season. Olson plans on adding different twists to Fergus’ already successful scheme.

“We will continue to be well prepared and play extremely hard on every down.”

Last season, the Otters finished the season with a 6-4 record and a share of the Central Lakes title.

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