Club Meeting – February 6th, 2014

Olsen 020614Dr. Todd Olsen received his bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education in 1985 from Slippery Rock University where he was a two-time Academic All- America selection.  In 1987 he attended England’s Loughborough University earning his Master’s degree in Physical Education and Exercise Physiology and in 1992, Olsen rounded out his academic career at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a master’s degree in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology.

Dr. Olsen completed his 20th season at Lynchburg College in 2013.  Coach Olsen has built a perennial conference and regional powerhouse and a consistent NCAA postseason tournament participant.   Interview on You Tube

“It starts with a ball”

Dr./Coach Olsen told us about how he established a relationship as a volunteer Community Public Health Epidemiologist with the Sports Outreach Institute.  And of his multiple trips to Africa in this role utilizing his unique background as soccer coach and epidemiologist.  Blending health tutoring and soccer Olsen has helped develop and implement community health workshops and programs on community public health issues (such a potable water) in Nairobi, Kenya and Gulu, Uganda.  His efforts have helped serve some of the world’s poorest people.  “Public Health 101 Gulu Style”

Dr. Olsen shared the incredibly inspiring story of Phiona Mutesi who he learned of through Robert Katende a Sports Outreach coach in Katwe Uganda.

In 2012, Olsen was inducted into the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame, which honors his philanthropic and coaching achievements.