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Olsen To Coach Next Season, Announces Retirement As Teacher

Eight-time state champion files letter of retirement with district. He will return to coach his son and defend his state championship.

Chris Olsen will return to the sidelines to coach the football team next season and retire from the district as a physical education teacher in 2013.

The Board of Education approved a resolution at a special meeting Tuesday keeping Olsen as the coach and physical education teacher next year and accepting his retirement as a full-time employee of the district effective June 30, 2013.

“This brings closure to all of the questions that have been out there the last few months,” said District Superintendent Ray Gonzalez. “I’m looking forward to moving forward as a district. We’re finally able to put all of this behind us and move ahead.”

The announcement is the latest news involving Olsen and his team dating back to November when nine of his players were  after police said they attacked two students at a party last October.

Olsen declined to comment saying Gonzalez had not cleared him to speak to the media about the decision.

The board earlier this year that bars athletic directors from coaching sports teams or acting as advisors to extra- or co-curricular clubs or groups. 

Residents criticized Olsen for not suspending the nine players charged with aggravated assault for the team's first two state playoff games last season. Seven of the players were in February. Charges were dropped against an eighth in March.

The board announced it April it would as athletic director. The decision is part of a reorganizing the administrative structure of the district’s special education, guidance, and athletic departments. Four schools, including Wayne Hills, next year as part of the changes.

Gonzalez said that Olsen could return as football coach after next season. Coaches of athletic teams do not have to be full-time employees of the district. 

Olsen will try and win his ninth state championship next season with his son under center as quarterback. Hills with the elder Olsen at the helm in December on a late fourth quarter touchdown. 

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

Bob May 09, 2012 at 04:40 PM
No surprise here to anyone in Wayne. I figured that he would either leave and go to another school district to coach or coach his son in his last year as a senoir. I must assume he wants his son to go out with another state championship & so does he as coach. This way he will get some excellent college offers & scholarships. I wish him well in his last season at the Hills.
wayne resident May 09, 2012 at 08:08 PM
He can return as just a coach in 2014. And i hope he does !
Ron May 09, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Good for him. I am glad to see the kids get to have him as coach and hopefully for more than just one year. Hard to fill those shoes.
John M May 09, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Great job and thanks for the many hours you have put in. As a coach your are probably paid a quarter a year because of the extra time you have put in! People just dont get how many hours ven during the off season. Do I agree with everything you have done, no but we all make mistakes. Good luck to your family and head to the last state championship at Hills!
Sue Wielkotz May 09, 2012 at 10:26 PM
As a mother of an upcoming senior football player for Wayne Hills I am so happy that the Board of Education has taken the high road and decided to renew Coach Olsen as Head Coach. This has been a difficult year for our program, our Coach, his family, and our kids. Now it is time to play the game that we love and play so well. Lets bring home another Championship! Go Hills!
Nose Wayne May 10, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Coach, "NINE IS FINE". Glad to see you back. GO HILLS!
Carla huntzinger May 10, 2012 at 03:01 AM
a happy day for wayne hills football,,,,,,So glad that Coach Olsen will be back !!! my family and I stand behind him 100% and appreciate the dedication he has to the kids and this program ,,,Lets go get another championship!
SPIRITWEAR May 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM
This is great news! Thanks to the Board of Education for allowing this successful program to continue. I also hope Coach chooses to be on the sidelines in 2013 and beyond.
Wayne's World May 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM
One thing that is a shame though. It's been said many times that Coach does not allow his players to play other sports, although I noticed a few of the star players were on the baseball team. Other than someone who is a potential scholarship athlete with pro aspirations, it is a real shame to limit an energetic young man to just one sport. Especially football, a game one is unlikely to play beyond high school. You don't see too many two-sport stars around anymore, and three sport stars are unheard of. I grew up at a time when everyone played whatever was in season. As adults, my friends and I were well-rounded athletes who could hold our own in a number of sports. With the travel teams and specialization at the high school level, we are turning out one sport athletes who will have no other skills and won't be able to enjoy recreational sports when they get older. What's the point of being a great football player for 2 years on varsity football if you can't swing a tennis racquet, shoot a basketball, hit a softball, golf ball, etc. to save your life when you get older? You only get to be in high school once. For those athletically inclined, the intangible benefits of being on various teams, not to mention the friendships and the athletic skills that one can develop, will be with you a lot longer than that one great block/catch/pass/run/tackle you made on special teams against Ramapo. Football is great but not at the expense of other things in life.
Wayne's World May 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I have a question for parents who have high school and jr. high kids now. From what I have heard from friends, parents have really gotten nuts with outsized expectations of what their children will achieve on the ballfield or court or ice. According to a few friends, more than a few parents are convinced their kid will get a scholarship or play for the Yankees. I certainly get this sense about the WH football team. In reality, maybe a few kids a year will get scholarships to a few small schools, with the occasional breakout like Olsen's sons or those who came before them. I ask because it seems that the specialization that kids have in sports nowadays seems to come from this idea that they are all going to "make it" in the pros or at least a college scholarship. Have people really lost that much perspective? The star kids are obvious, and usually from a young age. I can remember a star basketball player from WV who wound up playing college. Probably the best BB player Wayne has ever seen. He was a prodigy from 1st grade on and everyone could see it. Even he only played 2 years in college and never reached his potential. Guess what, he played baseball and tennis in the offseasons until it was obvious he would have a college career. I get that a lot of kids dream about being pro athletes; I know I did. But realistically, aren't we doing kids more harm than good by limiting them to just one sport by age 10? Where is this mentality coming from? Please enlighten me
Carla huntzinger May 10, 2012 at 02:12 PM
You are incorrect in saying that players are not allowed to play other sports. My son as well as several other players on the team play other sports. Some even play a sport each season, I am not sure where you got your information but it is not true. I notice you continue to post this and it is simply false. thanks!
paul r May 10, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Agred Carla. This seems to be one of those myths that just keeps getting repeated. The simple fact is that it's not true and hasn't been for quite some time.
Wayne Parent May 10, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Its a non story. Its an extracurricular activity and should receive no more press than the other sports in this town, the debate team, chess team and whatever other extracurricular activities the kids participate in. I happen to watch pro football, but as we learn more and more about the long term effects of this sport, I am honestly surprised we continue to encourage kids to play it. If the goal of the education system is to prepare kids mentally for the world, I am not sure what role repeated head trauma has in achieving that goal.
Nose Wayne May 11, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Wayne Parent, We could get rid of ALL NON STORY sports in the paper and save alot of trees if we get rid of the sports section, but.do we also get rid of ALL extracurricular activitied?
Wayne Parent May 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Extracurriculars are fine...but this town seems more concerned with football than anything else. Olsen putting his house on the market is a front page story. Olsen contemplating leaving is a front page story. Olsen having a tummyache would eb a front page story. Enough already. The US News and World Report HS rankings came out recently...neither HS in town did well at all. And still, football is driving discussion. If we cut football spending we could enter the 21st century and add full day kindergarten in our district and not start our kids off a year behind almost every other district in the state...but preach on about football and its benefits.
Al Scala May 11, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Several days ago, heard a rumor that we were hiring a Principal and an Ass't Principal from Hackensack H.S. In todays Record, there is an article that the Principal and 2 Ass't Principals from Hackensack H.S did not get there contracts renewed. Interesting. Curious to know if this is true! I guess time will tell!
Nose Wayne May 11, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Al, Welcome to "WAYNE'S WORLD" or is it "AS WAYNE TURNS".
Emanon May 14, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I think Coach Olsen did the right thing by retiring from his teacher job in 2013. Can you imagine being on top as the AD ......and then shuffled back to a Phys Ed Gym and having to deal with some real "knuckleheads" that goes along with a gym teacher's job. Basically he is getting PAYBACK for making the board members look like Jack Wagons after the "Fight Incident" I predict the coach will see his son through football season as the "WINNING COACH" , and then take his sick days , finally throwing the towel in for good with the teaching and coaching job. Who can blame him? ......why put up with all the nonsense, and political posturing. I am sure coach Olsen has the skills to secure a great football coaching job at a college with a HUGE increase in pay! Coach I like your style ......don't knuckle under to the political pinheads! Emanon

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