Olson to return to NDSU to coach Bison linebackers
FARGO — Grant Olson was one of the most memorable players when North Dakota State’s Division I dominance began. Now he’ll return to Fargo to try and keep it going as a coach.
Olson will be named the linebackers coach at NDSU as part of Matt Entz’s new staff, sources say. Olson spent the last two years as linebacker coach at Indiana State. The Sycamores had one of the biggest turnarounds in Division I this fall, going from winless 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, from Wayzata, Minn., was one of the gems of Craig Bohl’s 2010 recruting class. 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 said he plans on having his full staff in place at the end of the week.