Ryan Olson enters his first season as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach for the Bemidji State football program in 2017.
Olson helped to guide the offensive line that helped the Beavers to the second best offense in the conference. The Beavers led the NSIC in scoring with 45.6 points per game and were second with 523.8 yards per game which consisted of 293.7 passing yards per game to go along with 230.2 rushing yards per game. This all led to a program record 9 wins on the season including the first post season victory in team history with a win in the Mineral Water Bowl. Offensive Linemen Brandon Schindler and Jesse Hein were named to the NSIC North Division All-Conference First Team Offense and Hein was also named to the Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-Super Region Three Second team while Schindler was named to the third team. Off the field, the Beavers landed 24 student-athletes on the Fall Academic All-NSIC Team.
Before coming to Bemidji State, Olson served as the offensive line graduate assistant coach at University of Buffalo for one season. The Bulls averaged 153.2 rushing yards per game under Olson and had two student-athletes named to the All-Mid American Conference third team. Buffalo ranked seventh in the MAC in sacks allowed with 23.
Olson spent the 2015 season as offensive line graduate assistant coach at Iowa State University, including a stint as the interim tight ends coach. Prior to joining the Cyclones, Olson spent his first two years of collegiate coaching at Missouri Western State University. He served as the offensive line graduate assistant coach during the 2013 season before taking over as the tight ends coach in 2014. Olson began his coaching career as offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Stroughton High School in 2012.
Olson was an All-Conference offensive lineman at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. During his time at Whitewater, he was a part of three Division 3 National Championship teams.
Olson completed his bachelor’s degree in health and human performance with a minor in recreation from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2012 and earned his master's of education from Iowa State in 2015.