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Bison Add Olson to Men's Basketball Staff

FARGO, N.D.(ndsu sports info)-- North Dakota State University head men's basketball coach David Richman has announced that Jayden Olson will join the Bison staff as an assistant coach. Olson has been a part of the recent successful program revivals at the University of Nebraska and Colorado State University. Richman also announced that current NDSU assistant coach Freddy Coleman and director of basketball operations Josh Vaughan will remain in their current roles for the Bison. Olson comes to NDSU from Nebraska, where he served as the director of basketball operations for the past two seasons under Huskers head coach Tim Miles. He was the primary day-to-day administrator within the Nebraska basketball office, where he handled the program's budget, team travel, clinics, camps and daily office operations, as well as serving as the liaison with academics, life skills, HuskerVision and media relations departments. Nebraska went 19-13 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in the 2013-14 season, a marked improvement over a 12-win season two years prior.Olson spent two seasons with Miles at Colorado State prior to his time at Nebraska. He was CSU's director of basketball operations for the 2011-12 season when the Rams went 20-12 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Olson was the team's video coordinator in 2010-11. Olson was the top assistant coach at Augustana College for three seasons from 2007-2010, helping the Vikings to a 67-26 record during his time in Sioux Falls, S.D. The team qualified for three NCAA Division II regional tournaments while Olson was a part of the program. Olson also helped recruit back-to-back Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Freshman of the Year award winners in 2009 and 2010. Prior to his arrival at Augustana, Olson spent two seasons (2005-07) as a graduate assistant coach at the University of North Dakota, where he earned his master's degree in kinesiology. A 2003 graduate of Dickinson State, Olson received his bachelor's degrees in physical education and business education. At Dickinson State, Olson was captain of the basketball team and a two-time academic All-America selection, and his 2000-01 team set a school record with 28 wins. Prior to Dickinson State, Olson played two years at Williston State College, a Division I junior college in Williston, N.D. He was a team captain at the school, as it set a school record for wins during the 1998-99 season and advanced to the NJCAA National Championship.