Two years may not be enough time for a coach to turn a program completely around, but there should be signs of significant improvement.
At least Cedar Shoals doesn't stick their heads in the sand for SIX YEARS like they did at OCHS. Two years might be quick, but six years is RIDICULOUS.
And those coaches failed as well.posted @ Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 15:03
I've heard many comments as to what a "good man" he is and I'm sure in the classroom he's just great. But we're talking about COACH Olson and his role in athletics where he failed and where he DID NOT encourage, support, respect, listen to and treat all kids the same. NUMEROUS kids did not want to play for him and they're walking the halls everyday.
As for his remarks wanting to stay and help? GET A GRIP. That's a huge recipe for disaster. What nobody wants or needs is the recent ex-head coach who failed hanging around the program. Anybody would understand that he does not need to be around the football program going forward.
There are many more than "a few good athletes" walking the halls of OCHS.
A good head coach would have more than 12 SENIORS on the roster in a 1,000+ student high school, that's for certain.
Who said anything about winning state championships? How about let's have a half way competitive program that people can take pride in and that kids want to be part of - that's what a good coach would bring.
Report is he stepped down - you believe everything you read?
Your definition of bashing is also interesting.....
His mentoring in the classroom did not transfer to the football field - just look at the numbers... Lack of a junior and senior class size, which is a direct reflection on his inability to inspire, lead and coach, and then of course the won / loss record.
You're about halfway correct regarding OCHS sports being down, but it's been waaaay past a few years. Where you are wrong is that there has been plenty of talented kids come up in a variety of sports, but OCHS administration has done a pathetic job providing basic support with competent coaches to build the programs (teams). The exceptions are baseball and softball where those programs have been very competitive.
Glad the test scores are good and that's # 1, but competitive athletics are also part of the overall school experience and important for school spirit, community unity and pride amongst other things.
OMG...."good things are coming"? Huh? One word, delusional.
" open to assisting the new coach"??!!
I'm sure that would work out just great. YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING.
And Beckham...."we're going to cast a wide net"? There have got to be several good candidates from within the north Georgia area..... And her qualifications to hire a football coach? seriously.
Could things actually get worse? Unbelievable.
Thanks so much for your final words. The only ignorance is your biased opinion about one of your peers. His abilities in the classroom might be amazing, but that's NOT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE.
We're talking about a coach that DID NOT "encourage, love, and support every single person" who was part of the football program.
Perhaps he saved his worst for the football field -- his disrespect, favoritism, lack of genuine interest and inability to listen are a lot of why he had only 12 seniors playing this year. 12 seniors. Not much in the way of program building. It's pathetic and speaks volumes to the lack of interest by the kids in the football program.
Olson's molding of kids ended at the classroom doors and that is why he failed miserably as the football coach. The only thing to be thankful for is his time as football coach is finally over.
ANYBODY who believes that OCHS coach Olson resigned is as delusional as the BOZO administrators that took 6 YEARS to finally get rid of him. And how is the Athletic Director not available for comment? What a joke.
Olson's arrogance and pathetic coaching took the program to new lows and destroyed the OCHS football from the ground up. 12 total seniors on this years roster at a school with over 1,000 students -- that's some real program building.
Olson consistently got talented kids from several very good teams at Oconee Middle and he NEVER had a winning season -- only in his first year they made the playoffs and had Zach Mettenberger starting at QB.
"According to Beckham coach Olson feels it is time to allow someone else to take the lead in the school's football program"... Baloney. The OC culture, "all of the time - not some of the time".... How'd that work out? THE CULTURE IS 100% BROKEN and has been for a long time.
He made "an impact on the field" for sure - his ability to coach became a complete embarrassment.
Hopefully OCHS can hire an experienced, well respected coach who ISN'T from California.
Exactly - it's like high school football coverage VANISHED from the ABH tonight altogether???posted @ Friday, October 18, 2013 - 21:54
Nice story. Hoffa sounds like a great guy.
Too bad he's involved with the pathetic program at Oconee County and head coach PUTZ Olson.
It's comical to read quotes about football from Coach Olson, like he actually knows ANYTHING about football.
Where's Oconee County High???
If there was a bottom 10..... they'd be # 1!posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 23:34
"They're into winning"???
Hart coach DeVane must be delusional.
"They do a lot of good things....." WAKE UP.
OCHS SUCKS and their HEAD COACH IS A PATHETIC EXCUSE AS A LEADER OF THOSE BOYS AND THE PROGRAM AT OCHS.
Coach DeVane ..."OCHS is not your typical 0-5 team -- no they're not .... THEY'RE AN EMBARRASSMENT COACHED BY A COMPLETE JERK.
SHOCKING.... Oconee County got drilled on their home field by Hart County 44-14 -- it was 24-0 at the end of the first quarter.
How much longer will everyone at Oconee have to endure this crap. It's not even that Oconee completely sucks but they are not competitive. Many of their losses are over by halftime. People at Oconee -- the kids on the team and their fellow students deserve a coach and team that they can get excited about and be proud of. This IDIOT of a head coach, Olson, is a pathetic excuse for a leader of that football program -- THIS GARBAGE is an embarrassment.
Students, parents, teachers, sponsors and friends of the school - past and present DESERVE BETTER.
This head coach sucks when it comes to football and he's an arrogant jerk on top of everything else.
IT'S PAST TIME for Oconee administrators to do something about it.
Saw where Hart County coach said tonight's game vs Oconee County "would be a tough game"??? Maybe he's confused and thinks his team plays North Oconee.... because Hart will run all over Oconee and their LOSER head coach.
Maybe the Hart coach is trying to keep his team from being over confident, which is impossible when playing Oconee.
Oconee averages 14 points a game - WOW - PATHETIC coaching. That spread offense is really clicking again this year.
Interesting to note: Oconee County doesn't have one player appear in the top 10 of any category. Conclusion: they SUCK or their IDIOT of a head coach didn't submit their statistics. The reality is that even if head coach PUTZ did send their numbers they' still SUCK. Head coach DIP STICK has got EM in position to go 1-9 maybe 2-8.
Let's hear it .... "Statistics and wins aren't important at the high school level, what matters is that coach is teaching these boys the right way".... WAKE UP.
HE'S DONE A PATHETIC JOB -- ZERO WINNING SEASONS IN HIS 6TH YEAR -- THE PROGRAM IS BROKEN. WAAAAAY PAST TIME FOR A ONE-WAY TICKET BACK TO CALIFORNIA.
"Top-ranked"? What poll y'all looking at? No higher than 3rd in any major poll.posted @ Monday, October 7, 2013 - 05:31
"Top-ranked Georgia men's golf team" .... Uh .... don't think so.
Currently # 3 in most recent Golfweek poll.
Top-ranked in Athens though....
Oconee County runs record to 0-5 as their CLOWN of a head coach continues to display his complete ineptness as a football coach.
Let's hear it... "It's just high school football and wins and losses aren't important, and he does things the right way"...
WRONG-O. Winning matters at EVERY LEVEL. This putz of a coach has destroyed the foundation of the program. Spirit and enthusiasm are LOW and the bottom line is THE KIDS DESERVE BETTER.
Oconee County at Elberton? UH OH... gonna be UGLY. As long as OCHS head coach Mitch Dip-Stick is on the sidelines there's ZERO chance that OC could win this game.
Looking at the schedule ahead, coach PUTZ could get one win or two to complete another solid losing season at 2-8, about his average over his 5-6 years at OC.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!
Imagine zero sacks on Murray against LSU? O-Line were the unsung hero's!posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 08:01
Vintage stuff Loran - thanks for a beautiful stroll down memory lane!posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 07:57
Great to see Mettenberger play well but glad Dawgs won!
Mettenberger was on the last Oconee County team that was any good -- the first year of current head coach Olson, before he could screw the program into the ground where it is now.
The primary issue is not winning - HOWEVER - at every level of sports you have to win at least some to build interest, motivation and school/community spirit.
A leader is many things and this CLOWN falls way short.
Glad you're paying your taxes - GET IN LINE.
So here's YOUR heads up:
This guy hasn't taught these kids 1% of anything with regard to character sportsmanship or grace under pressure -- he has completely destroyed the entire program from the ground up, which is obvious by the number of good kids coming up from Oconee Middle who quit after they experience this jerk's coaching.
So glad to know you were a ranked "athlete", let me guess, dart throwing or holding your breath? Obviously you never played football for a pathetic coach who IS NOT teaching these kids about character and respect - I've been there and seen it pards.
I don't live my dreams through anybody jack, been there too.
So go pay your taxes, relive your ranking and bury your head further in the dirt.
And tell your son who plays for this IDIOT to hang in there.
OCONEE COUNTY LOST??? I can't believe it!!!
IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, how can the administrators at OCHS continue to tolerate the LOSER HEAD COACH???
Just amazing. And the sad part is the kids -- THEY DESERVE BETTER!!!
Wake up people! If you want to see how it's supposed to be done, take a drive down highway 53 and see a successful program that has unified school spirit and brought folks together. IT'S PAST TIME TO GIVE COACH DIP STICK A ONE WAY TICKET BACK TO CALIFORNIA.
Good to see North Oconee remaining solid in the top 10. It must be fun to have a coach that knows what he's doing.
Imagine the poor folks at Oconee County suffering through another losing season with their loser head coach. It boggles the mind that the OCHS head coach IS STILL THERE?! He's never had a winning season and more kids are quitting football every year. OCHS administrators probably will give him a big raise and a new contract..... Why stop now?
No Oconee County players made honorable mention this past week?
Whoops, I forgot, Oconee didn't play last week. Come to think of it, they don't ever play any week with LOSER COACH OLSON leading the team.
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