Huskies name new defensive coordinator

HOUGHTON – Michigan Tech head football coach Tom Kearly promoted linebackers coach Steve Olson to serve as the Huskies new defensive coordinator. Kearly made the announcement Thursday morning.

Olson has been with Michigan Tech since 2011. He replaces Tim Driscoll, who left the Huskies to become the head coach at Finlandia University. Olson has been coaching football for 23 years.

“Promoting Steve will make for an easy transition,” said Kearly in a written statement to the media. “He’s a really good coach who’s already been a coordinator at the Division II level. He’s coordinated our defensive front for the last three years, and I know he’ll do a great job leading our defense.”

Olson has experience at the defensive coordinator position. He coached for 12 years at Minnesota-Crookston, where he was the defensive coordinator for the Golden Eagles.

With Olson taking over the defense, two other coaches were also promoted. Bryan Thomas will coach the defensive line and serve as the special teams coordinator. Josh Wood will coach the secondary.

The Huskies begin practice on Aug. 14. Their first games is at Wayne State on Sept. 4.