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Online Petition Created to Support Chris Olsen

Petition states that Board of Education made decision to "repair their reputation."

An online petition has been created to bloster support for Wayne Hills Athletic Director Chris Olsen keeping both of his jobs with the district.

The Wayne Board of Education approved a prohibiting school administrators from coaching sports teams or actng as advisors to extra-curricular clubs.

Olsen, who has won eight state sectional champsionships as head coach of the school's football team, will have to choose in what capacity he wishes to continue working in the district. The policy goes into effect July 1.

The policy states that “any situation requiring decisions as to action taken in extenuating circumstances as it pertains to an athletic team, co-curricular, or extra-curricular club are made by a member of the school district’s administrative or supervisory staff. As such, a member of the district’s administrative or supervisory staff cannot serve as his/her own supervisor.”

The full text of the petition reads:

"The Wayne BOE has approved a new policy which prohibits Administrators and Supervisors from Coaching sports teams or acting as advisors of any district athletic, co-curricular or extra curricular activity. 

This decision would mean that Coach Olsen would have to decide if he will remain as the Athletic Director or Football Coach. The Athletic Director at WV must also make a similar decision.

Clearly this ruling was made as a reaction the events of this last fall.The BOE was criticized and now makes this decision to make it appear that they are being proactive but they are just trying to repair their reputation. This is the same Board who just a few years ago decided that it would be fine for a person to operate in both capacities. This new ruling would not change the events of the situation of last fall as the coach did not act as his own supervisor but followed the supervision of the Acting Superintendent and the BOE. 

Whether or not you agree with this new policy, it is unfair to put into place now while each of these individuals hold both positions. This forces these individuals to make a decision they should not be forced to make. When they took these positions, there was no way for them to know that they would one day have to give one up. At the very least, there should be a provision made to allow them to continue in their duties as both coach and AD. It unfair to make someone choose between something that they love and are passionate about and something that makes financial sense.

Please sign this petition to keep Coach Olsen in both his role as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, 2 positions in which he is absolutely the most qualified!"

Click here to read the petition.

eyes wide shut January 21, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Kelly you are 100% right. As the saying goes "one can not make chicken salad out of chicken manure"....
Gordon Rizzuto January 21, 2012 at 05:51 PM
While yes I do feel bad for the Wayne Valley guy. However Olsen was not being the Athletic Director during those kids suspension he was being the coach. You cannot have that. I would have had no problem if Olsen did not say anything about his football players being suspended. He shouldn't be both because important situationas he's going to be the Coach instead of the guy in position of power.
netgear January 22, 2012 at 02:12 PM
3 days before the Hills v Valley game Olsen, knew he did NOT have a full heathy squad. For 3 days he fought with both the Valley AD and football coach claiming the Friday night game should not be played, due to potential rain. he wanted to move the game to Sat,( this way giving his injured an extra day to recover and an extra day for practice.) Valley refused to yield, so Olsen called on his best friend Tim and the BOE to put pressure on Valley to postpone the game. 3 hours before kickoff on Friday, the call came from Superintendent Roth, to move the game due to "potential" weather. Was Hills eating their "pre game meal"? Nope they were on the field practicing. and Valley? they had just finished their pre game meal and were in pre game mode. Olsen went to great extremes to get his way. Would he have been this concerned about weather if he was playing Hackensack? Nope ... He may be a fantastic coach, but as an AD? I think his vision is blurred
Squeakyfoot January 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM
The changes are a done deal. To get the decision overturned is going to take a lot more than an on-line petition. There are very few teachers, administrators, or politicans in the state that can claim the success rate of a program as Coach Olsen can, but he has reached a point where every win on the field went against him off the field. In the end it was sports and politics as usual.
Kit Rogers January 22, 2012 at 03:37 PM
As a matter of fact they were eating their pregame meal. I have personal knowlegde of this. Themteam did their walk thru and then ate. Would you like to know what was served that night?The decision came down after that. Many people from town go to hills valley game and the admission is great, in this case for valley. Why not changemitmdue to weather? Isn't it safer for all involved. M really the rumors that swirl around this town are ridiculous. And not just in this case.
Kit Rogers January 22, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Not being mean Kelly, don't was to upset dory,,,,,, decision to wear jerseys was a decision made by the kids..... Please stop acting like you know everything and get over yourself.
eyes wide shut January 22, 2012 at 04:25 PM
How is it a school like Don Bosco Prep EXPELS on the spot a nationally sought after player for tweeting bad things in which no one really got injured and Coach Olsen lets his players play and then defends them after 2 students wind up badly injured in the hospital??? Is this player going to hire a lawyer to file suit for potentially ruining his career like the no name, not sought after players of Wayne Hills? It's plain to see the difference between Coach Toal and Coach Olsen..One represents the school while the other only cares to represent himself..Standards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kelly Lonigan January 22, 2012 at 04:35 PM
you mean their was a "rush to justice" as eloquent Olsen puts it? Did the DBP player get his constitutional right to due process? NO because there is no such thing in school discipline issues. I'm telling you Olsen will find another way to manilulate this matter as he always has. The BOE will once again fail
eyes wide shut January 22, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Then WE don't let Olsen find anyway..WE hold the BOE accountable
Kit Rogers January 22, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I hope you are right!!!!!
Gordon Rizzuto January 22, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Kelly if this is true then this board needs to be recalled. Why even have a board or a superintendent why don't we just have Olsen make all the decisions. The fact of the matter is that when things were bad Olsen was the coach and not the A.D. To make sure it doesn't happen again put in a rule that stops people from serving as a coach and A.D.
Kelly Lonigan January 22, 2012 at 10:02 PM
maybe the new superintendent and asst superintendent will have some balls and not get steam-rolled. If you remember, Wayne did have a rule in place that did not allow a coach to be AD. Olsen got that rule over-turned and look what happened. Why did they back down last time? What BOE members are in Olsen's pocket? We will soon see
leanore January 23, 2012 at 05:02 AM
oh wow, is that a true fact that olsen got that rule overturned? or was it a BOE decision? Well, seems like the BOE memebers are now at fault here, maybe they need to be ousted too?
Al Scala January 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM
This is the worst BOE we've ever had. There is no doubt that they need to be ousted.
wayne taxpayer January 23, 2012 at 03:53 PM
This is the best BOE we have had in along time. They are putting into effect a polciy that makes sense and is needed. Had Mr. Olsen really cared about being the AD, he would have acted like one when it came time to decide what to do with the accused players. For him to try and say he did what he was told, then why didnt he do what he was told when it was decided they should be suspended. Instead he marched into the BOE meeting like classless mindless, football jock trying to intimidate and bully the BOE by MAKING his players come dressed. Quite honestly, he gave the BOE no choice but to enact this policy becuase of his total disrespectful behavior to the administration, the police force and the town. If he had any class at all he would retire. He is a total emabrrassment, but then again anyone that knows him and isnt tied to his football team know what he has been all about since his days coaching days at boys and clulb and PAL.Now the whole town knows.
Al Scala January 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM
My opinion of our BOE has no relation to Coach Olson. I too am very unhappy with the way that whole fiasco was handled, not only by Coach Olsen, but by the Board as well. I resent the way they use this platform as a stepping stone to further their political agenda. My feeling is the BOE should be a non partisan board seeking an excellent and cost effective educational system, not running for Freeholder or hoping to get appointed to a council seat. Also, shutting out a Board member because she may not agree with your plans or because she is inquisitive of more detail smacks of being a little to political for me. I simply disagree with you and could post many more things here but simply do not have the space or the time.
eyes wide shut January 23, 2012 at 04:50 PM
But Al, the BOE has always been used as a stepping stone for advancement in the political arena here in Wayne. Look at current and past members that serve or have served. Same thing with Planning and Zoning. People on these boards have NO background at all but are only appointed by the Mayor..Didn't you ever wonder what the criteria was to get on the planning or zoning boards...I watch these meeting and am amazed..The only difference between MOST of these members, not all but most of them and Bozo the Clown is, They wear more makeup than Bozo does...
Gordon Rizzuto January 23, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Wayne Taxpayer couldn't say it any better myself. He really should retire. He's obviously going to pick football coach. Hopefully who ever the new A.d is has a pair of balls.
Kelly Lonigan January 24, 2012 at 03:13 PM
wayne taxpayer brings up a great point. Olsen now claims the ex-Super instructed him and thats why he did what he did. Did the ex-super instruct Olsen to march his players into that room when he didnt get his way? You can't have it both ways?
Anna February 01, 2012 at 01:22 AM
You are totally right.
Kelly Lonigan February 01, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Kit - you are quite the olsen apologist arent you? i see your post above regarding the players wearing their jerseys to the BOE meeting and once again Olsen has no responsibility in that. convenient. he could have turned the players away or forbid their entrance into the room couldnt he? he could have told them to get up from their seats and allow the taxpaying citizens to sit instead couldnt he? instead he ignored it which is in essence condoning it. can't wait to hear your response. somehow olsen will be not guilty of anything . what a surprise.
Kit Rogers February 01, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Ok. That's right he is god, he rules us and our children. We r brainwashed. He can do no wrong......happy? Bye
Kelly Lonigan February 02, 2012 at 04:20 AM
love your sarcasm....but has olsen ever ever done anything remotely wrong in your book? Seems like you have a real man crush on the guy...and you do come across as BRAINWASHED. and weak.
Kit Rogers February 02, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Kelly,,,I have to say that was funny,,,,read it to a couple of friends and we really had a laugh. A man crush? Nah more like a bromance,,,,,,,of course he can do no wrong !!!!! He's perfect in my book and I am BRAINWASHED!!!!!! Your anger towards him and now me is alarming,,,,,, think what you want to think and maybe double up on your meds
Kelly Lonigan February 02, 2012 at 02:30 PM
sugar coat it anyway you want it but your boyfriend is actually being fired from one of his jobs. Maybe he takes no responsibility or accountibility , and of course you agree, but it his direct (in)actions that has caused this and at least the BOE is willing to take action and responsibility. Keep blaming others because it is funny to hear the excuses
Kit Rogers February 02, 2012 at 04:18 PM
My boyfriend? Are you 12?
Kelly Lonigan February 02, 2012 at 04:47 PM
anyone that so blindly follows another human must be in his family or be in love. which is it with you?
Kit Rogers February 02, 2012 at 07:01 PM
And you sound like a woman scorned.......
Kelly Lonigan February 03, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I SOUND LIKE someone sick and tired of hypocrisy and corruption and the people that perpetuate it and support it for their own needs. like Kit.
Just Facts February 26, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Coach Olsen & Coach Kilday are great coaches & athletic directors. They can handle both jobs - they have been for 2 years. Many (100+) schools in NJ allow A.D.'s to coach. Passionate and capable people working inside the schools should be given first choice to coach. The children will suffer because of this ruling. This may make some people "feel good" - BUT THE KIDS WILL SUFFER.... Dr. Gonzalez can't fix this- he was just hired and the board would hang him. Kevin Olsen doesnt have to play this year - he is good enough and will go to the college of his choice for free.... Jealousy is a bad emotion - try to control it. These men have dedicated themselves to community and children for many years and should be allowed to continue Children will be the one's who suffer

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