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Head Coach Jerry Olszewski
Jerry Olszewski begins his fourth season as the head football coach at Augustana University in 2016. In just his third season at the helm of the Viking football program in 2015, Olszewski led Augustana to a 9-3 record and its fourth NCAA Playoff appearance in program history.
The nine win season in 2015 marked just the second season with nine or more wins in Augustana’s 95-year football history.
Olszewski led Augustana to a 6-1 record in divisional play in 2015 which earned the Vikings a share of the NSIC South Division Championship.
Following a 4-7 season in Olszewski’s debut as head coach at Augustana, the Vikings have improved each season under his direction finishing 6-5 in 2014 and now 9-3 in 2015. The 6-5 mark in 2014 was Augustana’s first winning season since 2011.
Named the 21st head coach in school history on Dec. 12, 2012, Olszewski will begin his ninth year as a collegiate head coach in 2016. Prior to Augustana, Olszewski compiled a 32-18 record in five seasons as the head coach at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
Olszewski owns a career record of 51-33, including 19-15 in three seasons at Augustana.
During Olszewski’s first two seasons with the Vikings he also served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Olszewski turned over offensive coordinator responsibilities to James Schrenk in 2015 and the Viking offense picked up where it left off in 2014 setting the bar even higher.
For the second straight season, Augustana set a single season record for total offense while also setting new season records for passing yards (3,603), points scored (494) and touchdowns (64). Augustana finished with 5,527 yards of total offense in 2015, averaging 300.2 passing yards and 160.3 rushing yards per game.
After a breakout sophomore campaign in 2014, quarterback Trey Heid found another level in 2015 and was named the NSIC’s Offensive Player of the Year. Heid is the first Viking football student-athlete to be named Player of the Year by the NSIC. He ranked second in the NSIC in passing yards tossing for a single season record 3,493 yards to go along with a career-high 29 touchdown passes.
Augustana had 15 players earn All-NSIC South Division honors in 2015, including seven first team selections. Augustana also had four players earn Conference Commissioner’s Association All-Central Region honors. Charlie Hayes and Brian Long were both named to the CCA All-Central Region First Team.
Linebacker Brandon Mohr was selected to the All-NSIC South Division team for the third straight season in 2015, earning first team honors. He led the team with 97 tackles and finished his career with 331 tackles, the sixth-most all-time amongst NSIC players. Jamal Samaha tied the single season sack record with 8.0 on the season and finished the year with a team-high 10.5 tackles for loss. Samaha also tied a single game record at Augustana with 3.0 sacks against Southwest Minnesota State on Oct. 3, 2015.
The Viking football program also excelled in the classroom during the 2015 season with 20 players being named Academic All-NSIC, the most since Augustana joined the league in 2008.
The offense exploded for a big season in just his second year at the helm in 2014. Augustana set a single season record with 5,124 yards of total offense (465.8 per game) in 2014, including 289.9 passing yards and 175.9 rushing yards per contest. Augustana had the third-best passing offense in the NSIC in 2014 and averaged 34.5 points per game ranking sixth in the conference.
Heid had a breakout sophomore campaign in 2014 finishing with 25 touchdown passes while throwing just four interceptions (fewest amongst all starting quarterbacks in the NSIC). Heid passed for 2,564 yards and tossed two or more touchdowns in eight of 10 games, including six against Wayne State on Oct. 19 which tied a single game record at Augustana. Heid also tied an NCAA record for touchdown passes in a quarter in that game, throwing five of his six touchdowns in the second quarter alone.
Augustana had nine players earn All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honors, including first team linebacker Ben Skelly. Skelly recorded 90 tackles for the second straight season, finishing with 90, including a team-high 9.0 tackles for loss and three sacks. Skelly was invited to play in the National Bowl game in 2014, a showcase of seniors from around the nation representing Division II, Division III and NAIA schools. The Viking football program had 16 players named Academic All-NSIC in 2014.
15872 Olszewski began his tenure at Augustana with a 41-28 win over MSU Moorhead in the season opener at Kirkeby-Over Stadium. The Vikings lost a heartbreaker in triple overtime in week two, just missing starting off the season 3-0 after shutting out Bemidji State at home on Sept. 21. Augustana posted a 4-2 record in home games during Olszewski’s first season while allowing just 14.2 points per game at Kirkeby-Over.
Six Viking players earned All-NSIC honors in Olszewski’s first season, including two first team selections in defensive lineman Jake Lee and linebacker Ben Skelly. Augustana also had 12 players earn Academic All-NSIC honors in 2013.
Prior to his appointment at St. Olaf, Olszewski was the defensive coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for two seasons (2006-2008). He served two terms on the staff at Minnesota State-Mankato (1993-1997 and 1999-2002).
He was with the Green Bay Bombers of the Indoor Football League as offensive coordinator and special team’s coordinator for one season (1998-99), and served one year as defensive line coach at California Lutheran University (1997-98).
Away from coaching, Olszewski was the athletic director and dean of students for the Little Chute (Wisconsin) School District (1998-99), and chief executive officer of the Mankato Family YMCA (2002-2006).
Olszewski earned his bachelor’s degree at Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1993) and a master’s degree from Minnesota State-Mankato (1995).
He earned All-Wisconsin State University Conference honors as a defensive back at Stevens Point and led the league in interceptions (1990).
An active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for more than 20 years, Olszewski’s community service also includes Special Olympics, YMCA volunteer, church youth leader, MS Walk coordinator, and school district volunteer.
He and his wife, Deana, are the parents of one son Jett, and two daughters, Jersey and J.J.