Shock name Olson new head coach

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 29 at 6:33 PM

SPOKANE -- The Spokane Shock hired a new head coach on Monday -- and it's a familiar face. 

Andy Olson, a former player, served as Spokane's offensive coordinator for the final 17 games of the season last year. With Olson’s guidance, the Shock increased its average points per game by 8.5.

“This is the opportunity that I have been waiting for,” Olson explained. “As a player for the Shock, I learned what is like to be a champion.  As the head coach, I have a responsibility to continue the championship tradition that Spokane fans have enjoyed for the last six years."

As a player, Olson helped Spokane win the 2008 Conference Championship and the 2009 ArenaCup. In 29 regular season games with the Shock, Olson recorded 220 receptions for 2,201 yards and 36 touchdowns.

Travis Crusenberry, formerly Spokane's offensive line/defensive line coach, will remain on staff as the defensive coordinator. Olson is expected to add a second member in the coming weeks.

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