Olson's decision to stay at GU paying dividends
Posted on May 22, 2013 at 4:46 PM
Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 5:02 PM
SPOKANE -- After being drafted by Oakland following his junior season, Gonzaga pitcher Tyler Olson turned down the A's offer and returned to school. It's a decision that has paid off for Olson and the Zags alike.
“I really thought about it for a long time and my parents as well just kind of sat me down saying 'hey what do you want to do'", Olson said.
Olson's choice was not solely based on baseball. By sticking around school he became the first in his immediate family to earn a college degree.
"It was kind of huge for us," Olson's mom Kathie said.
As a senior, Olson has continued to catch the eye of Major League Baseball scouts. Olson's pitching coach Steve Bennett thinks a MLB team will select the left-hander in one of the
top ten rounds in June's Draft.
"He said, 'you know I’m going to go back and get better I’m going to prove to you that I’m worth more than what you’re giving to me right now'", GU pitching coach Steve Bennett said. "He did it and he did a great job with it
Leading into the WCC Tournament, Olson has a team best 9-2 record, to go with a 2.09 ERA. Those numbers led the conference's coaches to select the University High School grad as the 2013 WCC Pitcher of the Year.
Next up for Gonzaga is the WCC Tournament in Stockton, California. The Zags take on San Francisco Thursday at 3:00 p.m.