FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Nanook Volleyball team is adding a familiar face to their coaching staff.
Megan Olsen, a former West Valley graduate and UAF Volleyball player, was appointed Assistant Coach earlier this week by Brian Scott.
Olsen was a member of the Nanook Volleyball squad from 2012 to 2016, before coaching as a volunteer assistant in 2017.
In her new role, Olsen will serve as a defensive specialist and will also play a strong role in recruiting and game management. Olsen's name is in the Nanook record books in the top 10 all time in career digs.
During her playing days with the Nanooks, the hometown product appeared in 93 games and was named Team MVP her senior season.
The coaching staff will take advantage of Olsen's Fairbanks roots.
"One of my roles as an assistant is just dealing with community relations and with the alumni relations," Olsen said. "It's really cool that I'm from Fairbanks so I obviously know a lot of people and connections here. I'm excited to be able to help the team be incorporated with the team and the community and for me it's really special to be able to coach in my hometown."
Olsen joins a program that has been on the rise under Head Coach Brian Scott.
Since he took over in 2015, the Blue and Gold have made strides to make the top four in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
Coach Scott spoke about the importance of having Olsen on his staff heading into the 2019 season.
"It is actually it's a perfect fit. Meg is, she's been here from the beginning. So she's been here and part of our transition, how we've evolved as a team. She's just knows what we expect in the gym." Scott said.
Olsen has been a part of the Nanook program for six years all together and discussed her transition from being a player, to being a coach.
"I think for most student athletes it's hard to transition out of your sport. It was a little bit difficult for me and so doing the volunteer assistant year was really great and it kind of helped me also transition out of it," Olsen said. "Then like I said the opportunity came about and I was just so excited to be apart of the team again and especially come back to a program that I'm so familiar with."
Alaska's preseason starts in August, with the Blue and Gold game on the 23rd.