Instead of saying small - he'd say "select few."
When speaking about the older campus buildings, he'd call them "Charming."
When he first asked me about what sports I played in high school, his eyes lit up like a Christmas tree when I mentioned girls basketball.
I asked him if his girls basketball team was any good...... he told me there was "Opportunity."
Coach Olson or "Coach" as we lovingly called him - couldn't help it.
He was always looking forward & upward.
He had a southern twang & gentleman's demeanor.
He had a smirk on his face that just made you think he had some secret plan for you in the works.
Coach loved his players.
The way that all coaches should.
He took a deep interest into our lives & expected no less than greatness from us.
Whether it meant sinking the winning free throw.
Or scoring an A on those killer theology tests.
He had his own way of making you want to come out from your shell & shine.
Coach wasn't the one to be on stage - being the center of attention.
Preaching some loud, bold sermons about God's plan.
Coach was subtle mostly. [Except for game nights.]
He'd sneak in encouragement when you weren't even listening.
He's the voice that would tell me "Next Game" when I literally just walked off the gym floor losing to another team by 100 points.
[No. Seriously. 100 points. Those games still hurt.]
He was the voice when I was sure that Trevor would never be interested in dating me.
"He'll come around. Boys are just dumb like that sometimes."
He was the guy who openly wept with Trevor & I as we said goodbye to our college years.
Reminding us to take care of our families, to do good out there, to always think positively, and to love each other.
No one who ever met Coach will forget his laugh.
His appreciation for a good prank.
His love for his family.
His fond affection for Golden Corral.
Or the ways that God used him to bring us closer to the people we were meant to be.
You never forget a Coach Olson in your life.
And if you're lucky, you get the chance to say Thank You before it's too late.
Your life meant so much to those of us who knew you Coach.
I'll see you when I get there dear friend.