Comes With ACC, Patriot Coaching Experience
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale has a new defensive line coach, Ben Olson, a recent college defensive lineman who had coaching stints in the ACC and Patriot League.
Olson, Yale's new David D. Kelley Defensive Line Coach, worked with the outside linebackers at Colgate in 2017. The year before, he coached the defensive tackles and special teams at Syracuse as a graduate assistant.
Olson, who earned a full scholarship to play football at Eastern Illinois University, began his coaching career at his alma mater. He moved into the position of undergraduate assistant and was still there in 2012 when current Syracuse coach Dino Babers was named head coach at EIU.
Division III Rose-Hulman in Indiana hired Olson to coach linebackers for the 2013 campaign. The Engineers went 7-3 and won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Olson then rejoined Babers for two successful seasons at Bowling Green in 2014 and 2015 before following his head coach to Syracuse for the 2016 season.
The Morris, Ill., native earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Sports Studies from Eastern Illinois. He then worked toward a Master of Science degree in Leisure and Tourism at Bowling Green before switching over to Instructional Design Development and Education at Syracuse.
Olson, whose brother, Jake, is Yale Football's Chief of Staff, will be recruiting for the Bulldogs in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He moved into the staff position previously held by Jordan Stevens, who now handles the Eli linebackers.