Some people grow up knowing that they want to be a coach. That was the case for 48-year-old Brett Olsen from South Weber, Utah. As a youth athlete, he always dreamed of becoming a successful high school coach. While he ended up going down an alternate career path, his childhood dream was never forgotten.
It was put on hold however. That is until, the first of his four children began playing sports. When eldest daughter Melissa, 29, took to the field, our Coach of the Week was there. Same goes for Matthew, 21, Jordan, 19, and Andrew, 12.
A pharmaceutical sales representative for more than 21 years, Coach Olsen has fused his love of sports with his family and work obligations. In fact, he’s currently coaching the South Weber Knights 7th grade basketball team. This is his sixth season coaching basketball and his fifth year leading the Knights Jr. Midget football squad - his third year as head coach.
One of his most memorable coaching moments came during his second year on the job, when he traveled with the Knights football team to a tournament in Las Vegas. For a newbie coach, taking his team on the road was quite an accomplishment. Over the years, Coach Olsen’s has only grown more fond of his players and the many memories they have experienced together.
That’s why he believes firmly that coaching and playing should be fun. “Even the kid with the least amount of skill is important to the success of the team,” wrote Coach Olsen, who has been using Weplay to manage his team for the past two years. “Weplay has been awesome.”
Thanks Coach Olsen, so are you. Congratulations on your Coach of the Week honor!
Coach Olsen’s Keys to Success:
- Being Postitive
- Teaching fundamentals
- Making the game fun
Your coach could be next! Nominate them for all they do for your team!