Ryan Olson enters his first season as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach for the Bemidji State football program in 2017.
In 2017 the Beavers were ranked third in the conference in offensive rushing yards with an average 202.5 yards per game and 5.0 yards per play, totaling 4,361 offensive yards on the season. The BSU offense finished third in the league with 35.3 points per game and fourth with 396.5 total yards per game. Offensive linemen Jacob Krause and Brandon Schindler were both named to the 2017 NSIC North Division All-Conference First Team Offense.
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.