Jerry Olszewski was named the 11th head football coach at St. Olaf on March 31, 2008. Since then, he has guided the Oles with passion and purpose, building a foundation for great things to come. Coach OJ has generously agreed to share a few words with us periodically on his own blog at oletouchdownclub.org.
I am the proud dad of a first year Ole football player and the happy husband of an Ole grad who comes from a long line of Ole grads. The fact that I am a Tommy, I hope, will not be held against me. When I am not cheering for Seamus and St. Olaf football, I spend my spare time coaching an amateur football team in St. Paul and writing for the Star Tribune.
I'm the mother of Nick, #10, free safety. I spent the last three years in Denver, and just returned to MN for Nick's final season as an Ole. For my day job, I'm a VP of Product Management and Strategy at a software company serving Higher Ed. I've always loved football and watching Nick lead his teams at various levels. Football is a thinkin' person's sport, and the Oles have met my every expectation. Go Oles!
I'm the mother of Daine, #73, O-Line. I am entering my 29th year as a physical education/DAPE teacher for Triton Schools in Dodge Center, MN. In my past 3 years as an Ole parent, I have seen Coach O and staff strive to make these connections for our young men. FAITH-FAMILY-FOOTBALL! You will see me on the sidelines taking pictures. Thanks for the opportunity to Blog.....I will do my best!
I'm a scorpio out of St. Paul, MN, and I am currently playing my last of 15 years of football. In my free time at St. Olaf I enjoy hitting quarterbacks, blocking field goals, and receiving life guidance from Coach Lerf. Outside of football, I am an avid skier and golfer, and I also like working on my economics major and brainstorming start-up ideas with my friends.
I grew up in West Concord, MN. Football has been a constant in my life since I was a kid and the only hobby of mine that rivals it is hunting. I am an avid hunter and fisherman with my preferred game being deer. Family has always been number one in my life and being an Ole has only enhanced that value in me. There is no greater group of guys that I would rather be around than my Ole teammates and coaches.
My name is Nick Branjord, I hail from Stillwater Minnesota, and I am very excited for my final football season. We have a tremendous group of guys this year, and I cannot wait to see how the year pans out. I will be graduating with a degree in psychology and business management. I plan on working as a business analyst at Target Corporation starting in the fall of 2012.
My name is Leon Clark and I am extremely excited to begin my final season with the Ole football team. These past four years have been some of the best of my life, and I think this year will be the best yet. I will be graduating with a degree in mathematics this year and plan on going to medical school in the fall of 2012.
Bill spent the early 80's running sideline to sideline at Manitou Field terrorizing opposing quarterbacks, rendering them frightened and useless. After graduating from St. Olaf in 1984, a wiser and gentler Bill founded Nelson Dairy Consultants and has spent the last few decades running county to county soothing and persuading dairy cattle to be more productive and healthy.
Antonio ('11) refuses to believe something is out of reach. Before starting college, Antonio founded a non-profit (Each One Reach One) focused on at-risk youth and was named one of Atlanta's "20 Under 20". As an Ole WR, Antonio constantly defied what is "within reach" on the field, coming down with just about any ball thrown within Rice County proper. Now, Antonio is blogging. You think he won't?
Drew ('11) is part of one of the great brother tandems in Ole history. The Charlestown Chiefs had the Hanson Brothers, the Oakland A's had the Bash Brothers, and the Oles have the Penz Brothers. But unlike his QB brother Matt, Drew spent his Saturdays moving other humans from Point A to Point B against their will in the trenches. Now, Drew is now blogging on oletouchdownclub.org.
Janie knows about being busy. She and husband Pat (parents of Oles Corey and Danny) own a farm. Janie sells real estate and owns a gift shop, Pat runs a concrete business and the farm. Now, Janie wants to meet YOU, and welcome you to the OLE football family. Want to know where the pre-game is? How about the post-game celebration? Janie knows, and she'll tell you all about it in her blog.