Zhang set 3-meter dive school record; Pinion sets two pool records
Both crews back in action for two sessions tomorrow
Bloomington native finished eighth in heat
First Saluki to make Olympic Trials in 12 years
Wolfe posted nation's seventh-fastest 100 fly time at Tennessee Invite
Updated Oct. 11, 2012
Scott Olson is in his fourth year as an assistant head coach for the Southern Illinois swimming and diving program. He was promoted to associate head coach before the 2012-13 season.
Olson serves as the primary swimming coach for sprinters and some mid-distance swimmers, and he has directly guided three swimmers to All-Conference recognition in just three seasons. Two of those swimmers won a combined four events at the conference championships. In just the last two seasons, he has guided seven swimmers to a combined 16 appearances in A Finals appearances (top-eight finishes) at the conference championships.
Olson guided Justin Wolfe to a berth in the 2012 Olympic Trials, which was the first Olympic Trials berth for an SIU swimmer in 12 years.
At Southern, Olson also serves as the recruiting coordinator and developed Southern's dryland training program. His swimmers have accounted for eight Division I B Cut times and nine NCAA top-40 times. He guided the 2011-12 200-yard freestyle relay team to the MAC Championship record and a conference title.
Also in 2011-12, Olson guided Juan Arbelaez to a MAC championship in the 50-yard freestyle and Wolfe to the conference title in the 100-yard butterfly. Arbelaez was the first swimmer in SIU history to break 20 seconds in the 50 freestyle and Wolfe set a MAC Championship record in the 100 fly. In 2010-11, Olson guided Wolfe to a sweep in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly at the MAC Championships.
Since Olson arrived in Carbondale, Southern has been ranked as high as No. 8 in the CollegeSwimming.com rankings among mid-major schools, and the team finished eighth at the USA Swimming National Championships in the winter of 2010? Olson's swimmers have broken three school records that were more than 20 years old.
Before coaching the Salukis, Olson was an assistant coach at the College of Charleston, where the men's team won Costal Collegiate Swim Association Conference championships in his second and third years. Olson's swimmers broke 25 school records.
Olson also developed the school's first-ever alumni meet, performed on- and off-campus recruiting, and produced fundraising efforts for the program.
Olson was the interim head coach of the Tennessee women's program in 2005 after serving two years as a graduate assistant. He maintained academic responsibility for the athletes and acted as a consultant with the athletic staff in hiring a head coach.
As a graduate assistant at Tennessee from 2003-05, Olson performed stroke analysis using DART FISH, performed on-campus recruiting and arranged travel for the team. He produced a successful marketing campaign for home meets that resulted in attendance being doubled and built alumni relations. Before his graduate assistantship, Olson served as a volunteer coach for the Lady Vols swimming and diving team. As a volunteer, Olson helped guide the 100-yard backstroke swim to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Olson has also served as head swimming coach for the Barracuda Swim Club and Janesville YMCA. With the Barracuda Swim Club from 1998-2002, Olson managed three program sites that included five pools and over 120 swimmers. He trained swimmers at the secional, junior national, and senior national levels. He was responsible for hiring, training and supervising all coaches.
At the Janeville YMCA in Janesville, Wis., Olson grew the swimming team from four total members to 65 members in just his first six months on the job. The boys team won the district title under Olson and placed second at the YMCA Senior State Championships. The team qualified for the YMCA Spring Nationals for the first time in eight years.
As a swimmer at North Dakota, Olson was an All-American swimmer and team captain. He earned his bachelor's degree from UND in 1996 and master's from Tennessee in 2005. Both degrees were in recreation administration.
Olson resides in Carbondale with his wife, Melissa O'Dell-Olson.