Ryan Olson enters his fourth season with the Bemidji State football program after joining in 2017 as the run game coordinator. Olson was named co-offensive coordinator in May 2018.
Olson, guiding the offensive line, was a key part to the Beavers reaching an 8-3 record in 2019. The Beaver offense totaled 232 first downs and 46 total touchdowns (16 rushing, 28 passing). The offensive line led the way for the Beaver offense to complete 186 passes (186-335-16) for 2,562 yards. In rushing attempts, the Beavers gained 2,207 yards off of 507 rushing attempts. BSU ranked fourth in the conference with 30.4 points per game while the offensive line led the way for the NSIC's leading rusher per game by over 40 yards per game. Linemen Hank Bellefy, Nick Niemi, and Joe Woods were named to the All-NSIC First Team. Niemi and Woods each earned selections to the 2019 Don Hansen All-America Honorable Mention Team.
During the 2018 season, Olson helped the Beaver offense (and the offensive line) to a 7-4 season. The Beaver offense totaled 214 first downs and 49 total touchdowns (22 rushing, 27 passing). The offensive line held opponents back enough for the Beaver offense to complete 147 passes (147-270-3) for 1,971 yards. In rushing attempts, the Beavers gained 2382 yards off of 492 rushing attempts. BSU earned a total of 420 points during 2018, with an average of 38.2 points per game. Three players on the offensive side of the ball won awards for BSU including linemen Parker Blakeslee and Nick Niemi, who were selected to the 2018 Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Third Team.
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 the 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.