CUMBERLAND – Jamie Olson is no stranger to success or the accolades and honors that often accompany it.
The Boyceville physical education teacher and multiple-sport coach, has earned numerous individual and team honors while a high school and collegiate athlete and as a successful head coach for wrestling and girls softball.
So it should not come as a surprise that Olson was given the ultimate honor by his high school this past September.
Olson, a 1991 graduate, become a member of Cumberland High School’s first-ever Athletic Hall of Fame Class on September 12 when he, along with 12 others, were inducted during an evening ceremony at the Das Lach Haus in Cumberland.
“It was a great honor to go in with the first class of inductees,” said Olson of his Hall of Fame inclusion.
Olson reported that the first-ever Athletic Hall of Fame members were inducted in four different categories – athlete, alumnus, contributor, and coach – and included the well known Peterson Brothers.
“It was extra special to go in (the Hall of Fame) with the Peterson Brothers, Olympic (wrestling) champions John and Ben and their brother Phil, who was a standout football player at Wisconsin,” stated Olson.
“I grew up next to these guys, their farm was right down the road from ours, and I attended their camps and clinics all the way through school,” added Olson.
“To have my plaque in the Cumberland lobby entrance next to these guys is really a special honor that I will cherish forever,” Olson concluded.
A 1991Cumberland graduate, Olson earned his induction as an accomplished Beaver athlete.
During his four years at Cumberland, he earned 11 letters in wrestling, football and baseball including first-team All Heart O’ North honors in all three sports and tallied eight first team awards in all.
Olson was also a three-time state wrestling tournament qualifier and two-time place winner including a state championship at 130 pounds in his senior year (1991). He took sixth as a junior after being injured his sophomore year and missing state.
Olson also excelled on the baseball diamond and was a member of the Beavers state tournament squads in both 1989 and 1990. He was a first-team all-state baseball selection as a senior.
Following graduation, Olson matriculated at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He wrestled for the nationally-known Auggies winning 75 varsity matches and was a part of two national championship teams in 1993 and 1995 as well as a runner-up squad in 1992 and a fourth-place team in 1994.
Olson came to Boyceville in the fall of 1998 and took over the leadership of the Bulldogs’ storied wrestling program. He has helped guide Boyceville to nine Dunn-St. Croix conference championship, eight WIAA Regional titles, and four WIAA Sectional crowns along with four state team appearances. During that span, Olson’s teams have compiled a phenomenal dual meet record of 190-72.
He has also had the privilege to coach 27 state wrestling qualifiers, 36 state place winners including five state champions and an equal number of state runners-up.