Olson to Step Away From Coaching to Focus on Administrative Role and Family
(IRVINE, CA, February 9, 2018) -- Crean Lutheran High School Boys and Girls Volleyball Coach Eric Olson has announced his decision to step away from coaching to focus on his administrative responsibilities at the school, and on his family.
Olson, who is the founding head coach for each program and also serves as the school’s Athletic Director, has guided the volleyball program to a high level of respectability in one of the most dynamic volleyball communities in the United States.
In his eleven years at the helm of the girls program and his ten years leading the boys program, Olson amassed an overall won-loss record of 444-111, and an Academy League record of 157-54. His leadership helped produce three State playoff appearances, 14 CIF playoff appearances, and three Academy League titles. Particularly noteworthy seasons in his career were his 2013 girls team, which reached the CIF Finals, as well as his 2016 boys team, which also reached the CIF championship match.
“After eleven wonderful seasons with the girls and ten with the boys, I have decided to step down from coaching volleyball to attend to the growing needs of Crean Lutheran’s Athletic Department,” Olson said. “The department is continuing to grow, and each year deserves more attention. I will train my focus fully on meeting the day-to-day needs of Saints Athletics and supporting all coaches and student-athletes.
“After 28 years of coaching the amazing sport of volleyball, I look forward to this change in my life. I am excited to coach my kids, be more involved in their youth activities and offer them all the opportunities as my parents did for me.”
Longtime boys assistant coach, Glenn Henry, has been named to take over the reigns of the boys program. A search is currently underway to identify the next girls head coach.
Henry to Lead Saints Boys’ Volleyball
(IRVINE, CA, February 9, 2018) -- Crean Lutheran High School has named CLHS varsity assistant coach Glenn Henry as its new Head Boys Volleyball Coach and Program Director.
Henry, who has served as a varsity assistant for the past ten years, will succeed Eric Olson, who has announced his retirement from coaching the boys and girls programs to focus on his athletic director responsibilities, and on his family.
“I am very blessed to have been selected and given this opportunity here at Crean Lutheran,” Henry said. “I really look forward to continuing Coach Olson's legacy. The environment of the program has always been competitive, detailed, and faithful thanks to what he has done, and I look forward to serving the Crean Lutheran community under Christ and continue the success that has been established.”
An Irvine native who played at Woodbridge High School before going to play libero at Orange Coast College and Hope International University, Henry has played an integral role in the development of Crean Lutheran volleyball.
“Coach Henry is a faithful Christian, organized leader, and has a servant’s heart,” Olson said. “He has witnessed firsthand the growth and development of the program, and he has been a big part of the varsity team’s success the past few years.”
In addition to his playing experience and his tenure at CLHS, Henry has also enjoyed success as a club coach in Orange County for the Pulse and Goldenwest Volleyball clubs. His club teams have ranked in the Top 20 in the nationally for the past five years, including his 2016 Hurley U-17 team, which won the Silver Medal at Nationals.