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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.

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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