Olsen Out As Hills Athletic Director

Move further clouds whether 8-time state champ coach will be on sidelines to defend title.

The Board of Education voted Thursday to not renew the contracts of high school Athletic Directors Chris Olsen and Dan Kilday.

The move casts further doubt about whether Olsen, one of the winningest high school football coaches in New Jersey history, will be on the sidelines in the fall to defend the .

Because of a the men, who each earn more than $120,000, were given the option to return for the 2012-2013 school year as either coaches or athletic directors.

Superintendent Ray Gonzalez would not say Thursday whether the men will have the opportunity to remain on as coaches. Kilday coaches soccer at . Olsen has won eight state championships at .

Gonzalez said the move “gives us the opportunity to see what our options are in reorganizing [the athletic] department.”

Their contracts will expire before June 30. It is expected that there will be one athletic director for both schools.

The moves were part of Thursday night.

The policy approved by the Board in January prohibits administrators and supervisors from coaching sports teams or acting as advisors of any district athletic, co-curricular, or extra-curricular program.

The Board after nine  football players were charged with aggravated assault. Some in the community criticized Olsen for not suspending the players for the team’s first two state playoff games.

The nine were ultimately suspended for the state title game, in which on a late touchdown.

Seven of the nine players and were sentenced to juvenile probation. The district has since enacted a for athletes.

Olsen's son Kevin, one of the top quarterback recruits in the country, has said he would not play his senior year if his father “father, coach and best friend” is not on the sideline.

An to allow Olsen to keep both jobs garnered 559 signatures.

Olsen's house since at least March, when it was listed for $740,000. The price has since been reduced to $725,000.

Michael L Bubba April 27, 2012 at 03:54 PM
The board has been a problem since all of this started. They couldn't make a firm decision on anything. They gave a deadline of June 30th for a decision by the AD's and now that decision has been made. Not only that the Superintendent hasn't decided whether they will be back as coaches. Where is the voice of the board??? If you aren't going to be speak then why are you even there! It's time for change and in November the people will speak even if the board won't.
Lola Burns April 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Good riddens Olsen!! Serves you right.
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Let's leave the name calling out of the discussion, Warren. Thanks.
Kelly Lonigan April 27, 2012 at 04:59 PM
poor Kit. i guess its time to move out of wayne with your false god
Rex miatke April 27, 2012 at 05:06 PM
H. Hughly I agree with you. I have spoken at many a board of Ed meeting and I have always said "Keep the children in mind". The changes that are happening are NOT keeping the children in mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Potter April 27, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I hate to say "I told you so" but I'm pretty sure I mentioned that these men were not given a choice of job in the first place. That was just gossip and rumor. No Board of Ed would go through the trouble of changing a rule like that just to offer the big job back to those same people again.
Rich April 27, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Can we stick a fork in this charade. I wonder if Olsen had to do it all over again, would he have made different choices, like abandoning the dog and pony show at the BOE that night and sitting the kids...hmmmmm. Oh well, we'll never know. Frankly don't care either...
Bob April 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
In my opinion change is a good thing. Mr. Olsen has been here to long and has become the "god" to some of the Wayne folks. I agree with Rich I think he made the wrong move by showing off with his team at the B of Ed meeting. He may have been a good coach and brought championships to the school but is that what our tax dollars are going for -sports? The next few mionths for Wayne residents should be very interesting to see how the chess game is played out by the B of Ed. I can guarantee you that the end result will be more taxpayer money spent. I wish that some of the Board members would be let go and we get people in position to protect the people who pay the tax bills for this town. Just to much waste & we can't continue to afford this.
Bob April 27, 2012 at 08:49 PM
WOW! could it be that the BOE is really going to do something positive, or is it just another one of their ways to divert the taxpayers attention while they slip something pass them as they always do.
WayneinWayne April 27, 2012 at 11:48 PM
When he leaves will all of his devoted mindless flock leave town also? One can only hope!
Pad April 28, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Good Bye and don't let the door hit you on the way out. His appearance at the BOE meeting was a disgrace. A typical bully. Im glad he was put in his place. He has a unsportsman like attitude. He should have benched those involved and took control instead of trying to control the BOE members.
eyes wide shut April 28, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Sounds like YOU are running for office? Are YOU?
eyes wide shut April 28, 2012 at 02:13 PM
That's wishful thinking Wane, but it does sound good
eyes wide shut April 28, 2012 at 02:25 PM
@Support Change: The new republican organization is the same as the OLD one. The key word that will turn people off is the word republican. Thats what we have now and it's costing us money...sorry
eyes wide shut April 28, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Also one other word that will turn people off is the word "BUBBA", thanks but no thanks, we been down that road
eyes wide shut April 28, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Yet another BUBBA....Nah it won't fly..Go campagain somewhere else..Sorry
Better Wayne April 28, 2012 at 02:32 PM
This is equivalent to OSW or the Arab Spring. Better Wayne
Michael L Bubba April 28, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Whether I am running or not isn't the question. The board needs a change and hopefully they will get one.
Pad April 28, 2012 at 06:39 PM
He was let go in Paterson and fired from his other position also before coming to Wayne. Yes he was here for many years while but not without problems. There was an assault of another coworker etc and recently the incident with his players in the assault in town. It just goes to show you a leopard can't change its spots. I am sure he has had many incidents that we don't even know about. There is so much more to being a good coach then winning games. Its called being a good role model in life and that he certainly wasn't.
eyes wide shut April 28, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Change yes, but not with anyone named Bubba. Once was more than enough or could stand.
Support Change April 28, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Eyes Wide Shut - Most intellegent people beleive that labeling an entire class of people is wrong in any venue. Do you really beleive Republicans are all bad or is it the tax-and-spend Republicans that you take issue with? As for the "BUBBA'S" they are here to stay!!!
H Hughly April 28, 2012 at 11:51 PM
"Assault of a coworker" Really? Were charges filed with the police? Investigated and proven? Or are you speaking of the desperate, unproven testimony given at the state education commission? Did Wayne a favor and made the school safer. Olsen will cash in hundreds of sick days and retire on a pension paid for by the miserable masses of Wayne taxpayers. Who, i'm sure will find plenty to complain about in the school system they are so proud of. What we are seeing is the same loss of exceptionalism the President has so successfully driven into to american way of life. Striving to be like a failed school system is not something to be proud of!
WayneinWayne April 29, 2012 at 01:15 AM
i think the wayne school system will survive even without their very "exceptional" football coach. Another Olsen apologist in H Hughly. Why exactly was Olsen suspended by the NjSIAA years back? was it really desperate unproven testimony ? Yes the school seems much safer with the football coach in place who refuses to discipline his 8 players who plead down their assault charges.
Ron April 29, 2012 at 01:56 PM
It was mentioned months ago that a coach cannot be an athletic director, so this isn't really news. Olsen is a great PE teacher and an even better coach. The Record stated that he will continue coaching. I agree the district needs to revisit the current situation, and I would say re-evaluated the salaries (way too high). However, I don't see how you can have one athletic director for so many teams between both schools and do anything effectively. Yeah, we are great within the county in terms of performance for most teams - big deal. Once you go to sectionals and groups, we get our butts kicked. Let's step up these programs!
eyes wide shut April 29, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Whats the President have to do with this? After All everyone in town, the mayor, council with the exception of 1 are ALL Republicans...Maybe you should rethink your statement and see who is driving Wayne into the ground???
Grunden April 29, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Apologist? Seems pretty matter of fact. School will survive, indeed. Will the taxpayer or the superintendent?
T Wiske April 29, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Eyes reread the post. It is a comparison to the disgraceful policies of the President and very different but distasteful policies of the Board of Education. Democrat or Republican, ineffective leaders are ineffective leaders. Political party shouldn't mean anything to anyone with an independent thought. It is criticism of past Board policy, union patronage, and continued leadership that lacks vision, understanding and backbone.
Rex miatke April 30, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Ron understand what is going on here. You are correct. The job is too big for one person. That means he will need 2 assistants one at Hills and One at Valley. That means 2 will be replaced with 3. This opens the door for 3 positions and I wonder who might get those positions hummmmmmmm. Remember the superintendant for a very long time had no assistant and did just fine. Now there needs to be a assistant superintendant??? Take a close look who is being replaced in positions.
Chicken Little April 30, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Rex, The superintendent did NOT do "just fine" without an assistant. Not Gonzalez, not the interims, not any of the previous full timers. it is a big job, in a district the size of ours. Unless you want the superintendent to run himself into the ground, and fail..
Michael L Bubba May 01, 2012 at 06:17 PM
That's funny eyes wide shut " but not with anyone named Bubba. Once was more than enough or could stand." You would think it was one election and then done for a Bubba. It was multiple elected offices and many years. If I was running I would hope to have the same kind of career, a very good one.


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