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2011 Season - PaulĀ Olsen

 Olsen

 

 

Through it all, success has been his constant companion, no matter whether the sport is cross country or track & field. In those 45 cross country seasons he has led the Vikings into the NCAA national meet a total of 24 times, including appearances in the last two of the last four years (15th in 2007 and 21st in 2008). Ten times during his illustrious career his teams have been in the top 10 in the nation and his 1980 unit placed second, just four points shy of a national title.

Augustana has won two College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin cross country titles in the school's history and both have come under Olsen. The Vikings have placed second 28 times under his tutelage including 18 times in the last 23 years. Only twice during the last 44 years have his teams finished as low as fourth in the conference. Five individual Augustana runners have won a total of seven league titles and in national competition the Vikings have garnered 24 All-America certificates and three individual national titles.

He has served as meet director of the NCAA Division III national meet five times and his team has hosted the Midwest Regional 22 times since 1979. In 1996 and 2001 the Vikings hosted both the NCAA Midwest Regional and the NCAA Division III national meet.

His track & field resume is just as impressive as he has led Augustana to 12 CCIW titles and 37 runner-up finishes, 29 in the outdoor meet and eight during the indoor championships. In the spring of 2010 the Vikings won the CCIW title for the second time in three years and finished the year ranked third in the NCAA Division III "Power Rankings". In addition, Olsen was named the NCAA Division III Midwest Region's "Coach of the Year" by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

A total of 207 individuals and 25 relay teams have won league titles during Olsen's tenure in outdoor track and 27 individuals and seven relay teams have claimed indoor championships, giving him an all-time total of 234 individual CCIW champs and 32 relay winners.

He has also coached a total of 157 NCAA Division III All-America selections in both indoor and outdoor track and 22 times Viking athletes have won individual national championships. The Blue and Gold has placed in the top 10 in the national meet 16 times including second place finishes in 1975 and 1981. In 2007 his team was eighth in the outdoor national championships.

He was inducted into the Illinois Track & Field Coaches Association "Hall of Fame" in January of 2004 and went into the Augustana "Tribe of Vikings Hall of Fame" in October of 2005.

A native of Onamia, Minnesota, Olsen came to Augustana after a teaching and coaching stint at Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. During his first couple of years at Augustana he served as an assistant in both football and basketball before assuming full time duties in track and cross country.

Olsen is a man of many talents and interests. As a professor in the English Department at Augustana, Olsen ranks as one of the most popular teachers in the entire school with his classes in Black Literature and the Sacred and Profane consistently filled to capacity. In 1989 Olsen was one of just 120 teachers nationwide who were honored at the American Association for Higher Education convention in Chicago. He was the only Augustana faculty member named to the elite group. He has been selected by the seniors at Augustana to give the final lecture 12 times during his career. At one time he used to perform a one-person play entitled "Pilgrimage with Poets" that was highly acclaimed.

Olsen is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he was captain of the track team and a starter for the football team as a defensive back. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Oregon. He resides in Bettendorf, Iowa with his wife Jeanne, who is a hospital Chaplin in Davenport. The couple have a pair of sons - David, a former United States Navy S.E.A.L. who currently works in Los Angeles as an entrepreneur for the U.S. State Department, and Eric, who is an actor and a graduate of Pepperdine University. Eric is currently starring as lead detective Marty Deeks in CBS's "NCIS-Los Angeles". He has also appeared in several movies, including "Pearl Harbor", "Not Another Teen Movie" and "Fired Up!", and television shows, such as "ER", "Smallville", and "Get Real".

 Olsen's Record at Augustana

 

 

CROSS COUNTRY

 

 

TRACK & FIELD

 

 

 

 

YEAR

DUAL MEETS

CCIW

NCAA

DUAL MEETS

CCIW INDOOR

CCIW OUTDOOR

NCAA INDOOR

NCAA OUTDOOR

1966-67

7-5

3rd

 

 

 

 

 

 

1967-68

6-1

2nd

17th

 

 

 

 

 

1968-69

4-4

4th

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2-5

 

1st

 

35th

1969-70

4-2

1st

19th

4-2

 

1st

 

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1970-71

6-1

1st

12th

4-1

 

2nd

 

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1971-72

2-1

3rd

9th

4-0

 

1st

 

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1972-73

3-3

3rd

10th

6-1

 

1st

 

40th

1973-74

4-1-1

3rd

6th

4-0

 

1st

 

6th

1974-75

2-3

2nd

5th

1-1

 

2nd

 

2nd

1975-76

2-4

3rd

17th

2-2

 

2nd

 

25th

1976-77

3-3

2nd

14th

3-1

 

2nd

 

16th

1977-78

4-2

2nd

22nd

4-0

 

2nd

 

19th

1978-79

2-4

2nd

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5-0

 

2nd

 

34th

1979-80

0-4

2nd

4th

5-0

 

1st

 

4th

1980-81

0-1-1

2nd

2nd

4-1

 

1st

 

2nd

1981-82

0-4

2nd

17th

1-0

 

1st

 

10th

1982-83

1-1

2nd

-----

1-0

 

1st

 

20th

1983-84

1-0

2nd

-----

1-0

 

1st

 

10th

1984-85

1-1

3rd

9th

0-1

 

2nd

 

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1985-86

1-1

4th

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2-1

 

2nd

 

42nd

1986-87

3-0

2nd

8th

0-1

 

2nd

 

41st

1987-88

1-1

3rd

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1-0

 

2nd

 

61st

1988-89

2-4

2nd

19th

0-0

 

2nd

 

52nd

1989-90

0-2

2nd

11th

0-0

 

2nd

 

22nd

1990-91

0-1

2nd

11th

0-0

 

2nd

 

32nd

1991-92

4-2

2nd

11th

0-0

 

2nd

 

7th

1992-93

3-0

2nd

5th

0-0

 

2nd

 

9th

1993-94

1-0

2nd

9th

0-0

 

2nd

 

8th

1994-95

0-0

2nd

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0-0

 

2nd

6th

5th

1995-96

1-0

2nd

-----

2-0

 

2nd

10th

4th

1996-97

0-0

2nd

10th

0-0

 

2nd

10th

-----

1997-98

0-0

2nd

-----

0-1

 

2nd

6th

22nd

1998-99

0-0

3rd

-----

0-1

 

2nd

-----

56th

1999-00

0-0

3rd

-----

0-1

 

2nd

27th

56th

2000-01

0-0

3rd

-----

0-1

2nd

3rd

30th

62nd

2001-02

1-0

3rd

-----

0-1

3rd

2nd

-----

-----

2002-03

0-0

2nd

-----

0-1

3rd

2nd

-----

56th

2003-04

0-0

2nd

-----

0-0

2nd

2nd

-----

-----

2004-05

0-0

2nd

-----

0-0

4th

3rd

-----

39th

2005-06

0-0

3rd

-----

0-0

2nd

2nd

26th

18th

2006-07

0-0

2nd

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0-0

2nd

2nd

45th

8th

2007-08

0-0

2nd

15th

0-0

2nd

1st

46th

16th

2008-09

0-0

2nd

21st

2-0

2nd

2nd

11th

44th

2009-10

0-0

2nd

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0-0

2nd

1st

55th

38th

2010-11

0-0

2nd

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1-0

2nd

2nd

23rd

53rd

2011-12

0-0

3rd

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paul-olsen@augustana.edu