Rich Olson Named ASU's Offensive Coordinator
Dec. 19, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Rich Olson has been named
Olson joins the Sun Devil coaching staff after spending the 2006 season as the offensive coordinator at the
Before his return to
A 30-year veteran coach in college football and the NFL, Olson has coached some of the top names in college and pro football. He also has extensive experience as an offensive tutor, having coached quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and offensive linemen in addition to having served as the offensive coordinator at three locations. He was
During his three-year tenure (1992-94) as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Miami, Olson helped direct a total of 10 players drafted into the NFL, including five wide receivers.
From 1984-1991, Olson coached under Jim Sweeney at Fresno State, where he tutored first-round draft choice Trent Dilfer, as well as Kevin Sweeney, who finished his college career as the nation's all-time leader in passing yardage (10,808), surpassing the mark previously set by Boston College's Doug Flutie. Additionally, Sweeney won back-to-back conference Co-MVP awards in 1985 and 1986. Also, while coaching the Bulldogs, Olson guided a total of 21 Honorable Mention All-America recipients as well as 1991 Big West Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Mark Barsotti.
Olson coached on Lou Holtz's staff at
Olson served as an assistant offensive line coach at USC under John Robinson in 1977, and helped develop Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman Anthony Munoz.
Olson began his coaching career at
A native of
Olson joins fellow assistant coaches Dan Cozzetto, Al Simmons and Grady Stretz as those who have officially been named to Erickson's coaching staff. Erickson was introduced as head coach by Arizona State University Vice President for University Athletics Lisa Love on Dec. 11.
More hires on Coach Erickson's staff will be announced once they are approved by ASU's Human Resources Department.
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