FARGO - Grant Olson was one of the most memorable players when North Dakota State's Division One dominance began. Now he'll return to Fargo to try and keep it going as a coach.
WDAY Sports has confirmed that Olson will be named the linebackers coach at NDSU as part of Matt Entz's new staff. Olson spent the last two years as linebacker coach at Indiana State. The Sycamores had one of the biggest turnarounds in Division One this fall, going from zero wins in 2017 to seven wins and a near playoff berth this year.
Olson's coaching career started at NDSU in 2014 as a student assistant after his playing days wrapped. He then left in 2015 to join his former coach Craig Bohl at Wyoming for two seasons. When Curt Mallory left Laramie for Terre Haute, he took Olson with him.
Olson was one of the gems of Craig Bohl's 2010 recruting class, from Wayzata, Minnesota, he played as a true freshman in 2010. His role on the team continued to grow and was a two-time captain in 2012 and 2013. Olson holds the NDSU school record for tackles in a game with 29 against Wofford in the 2012 FCS quarterfinals.
Olson will have a relatively young linebacker room to coach. Jabril Cox will be a junior next season and is the lone starter returning. Entz told Dom Izzo he plans on having his full staff in place at the end of the week.