FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks announced yesterday the hiring of Meagan Olsen as the new assistant coach of the volleyball program.
Both her and Head Coach Brian Scott spoke about what's in store for the blue and gold.
This week the Alaska Nanooks announced the hiring of their new assistant coach in Meagan Olsen, bringing in the former Nanook and the hometown kid.
Olsen spoke about representing the Golden Heart City and her home.
"That will be one of my roles as an assistant is just dealing with community relations and with the alumni relations. 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," said Olsen.
She joins a program that have 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 doesn't feel crazy to me at all, 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," said Scott.
The last time Olsen played for the Nanooks, she was a senior in 2016, where she was the team co-captain and named the team MVP.
She talked about her transition from being a player, to now 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. 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," said Olsen.
Alaska's preseason starts in August, with the Blue and Gold game on the 23rd.
The Alaska Nanooks now prepare for their 2019 season with the Colorado School of Mines Classic in early September