By Assistant AD for Media Relations Jason Pugh
Entering his fourth season on Northwestern State’s football coaching staff, Jake Olsen again has a new responsibility.
Olsen has been named special teams coordinator by head coach Brad Laird, who made the announcement Wednesday morning.
“Having one focal point for our special teams was the biggest key,” said Laird, who begins his third season at the helm of his alma mater Sept. 3 against Incarnate Word. “We had it divided among the staff, handling different areas. Jake has shown the ability to do a lot of things. He’s coached safeties. He’s coached corners. He’s coached linebackers. He’s been the recruiting coordinator. He’s handled everybody on this team. This gives him another opportunity to do that.
“As we move forward, this is a very positive move. I look forward to getting our guys back and putting this in place.”
A member of the American Football Coaches 35 Under 35 Class of 2018, Olsen has handled myriad duties in his three seasons on the Demon staff.
Olsen arrived in Natchitoches as the Demons’ outside linebackers coach in 2017 before coaching safeties in 2018. He returned to tutoring outside linebackers in 2019 and will be in charge of Northwestern State’s safeties in addition to his special teams coordinator duties in 2020.
During Olsen’s first stint as safeties coach, he helped Hayden Bourgeois earn Sophomore All-American honors from HERO Sports as well as first-team All-Southland Conference honors. Before coming to Northwestern State, Olsen spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at ULM following stops at Southwest Oklahoma State, Nicholls and Valley City State, his alma mater.