Olson resigns as North football coach

North Medford High football head coach Jeff Olson formally announced his resignation from the program this morning following a six-year run at the school.

Olson spent the last five seasons as head coach after serving as defensive coordinator one season under Rod Rumrey. Under his guidance, the Black Tornado compiled a 21-27 overall record over the past five seasons, including a 5-6 campaign in 2010.

Prior to joining North Medford, Olson spent 22 seasons at Southern Oregon University, first as an assistant and then as the head coach from 1996-2004. He led the Raiders to a 50-36 record and guided them to the quarterfinals of the NAIA playoffs in 2001 and 2002. He coached 19 All-Americans.

Olson left SOU when the future of the football program came under scrutiny due to scheduling and financial difficulties. His decision this time involved wanting to be more available for his family, with son Dante set to be an incoming freshman next fall at Cascade Christian High.

"Jeff is a great man and brought a lot of integrity to our program," North Medford Athletics Director Tim Sam said this afternoon. "I certainly understand having been in that hot seat for a few years and how it weighs on a family and a person personally, and certainly support him 100 percent in wanting to balance out his time."

Sam said the search for a replacement will begin immediately, and that Olson intends to remain on staff as a teacher and counselor at North Medford High.

— Kris Henry

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