Lisa Olson

St. Joseph Christian’s, Lisa Olson, has faced one long jump from being a former track mom to the All News-Press NOW Girls Spring Coach of the Year.

“It is truly a testament to the athletes present and past I have been fortunate enough to coach here at SJCS,” Olson said. “They are the ones who put in the work, come ready to grind at practice, and inspire me to give more toward my role as a coach, teacher, and mother.”

Olson started coaching over a decade ago at St. Joseph Christian. She started off as a volunteer coach but quickly moved into an full coaching position after the athletic director at the time had given her a chance to work with the team. Olson not only coaches the students but also teaches clinics to help others.

“We always should be learning, even as a coach,” Olson said. “At practices with the athletes and at meets, or reading books about running. I love what I do and the athletes I am blessed to work with.”

Olson’s team won Class 1 District 4 title this year and sent a host of athletes to state.

“This past season was a great one,” Olson said. “We had a core group of athletes that really wanted to work hard for our coaching staff.

Olson said that the team won many first and second place trophies this year and broke many school records in cross country and track and field.

Olson said that they have a great group of upcoming seniors and is really excited for what’s to come next year. She also said that their main goal of the season is to put the athletes where they can be set up for success, while making helping the team become more diverse.

— Zoë Jones