Boys Coach of the Year: Heritage Basketball Taking Shape Under Olsen

Posted: March 30, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO JASON IVESTER Tom Olsen of Rogers Heritage is the All-NWA Media Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.

ROGERS -- Tom Olsen compared starting the Rogers Heritage boys basketball program to building a house. Attention to even the most minor detail is important when starting from scratch.

All-NWA Media Boys Coach of the Year

Tom Olsen

School: Rogers Heritage

Notable: In his sixth season as the only head boys basketball coach in school history at Rogers Heritage. … Graduated from Rogers High School. … Played basketball for one season at Missouri Southern, then transferred and played three years at Wisconsin-La Crosse. … Began coaching career as graduate assistant for Marty Barnes at Arkansas Tech in 1992. … Served two years as full-time assistant coach at Arkansas Tech and as an assistant coach for eight years at Rogers (four for Terry Gracy and four for Barnes). … Also served as head basketball coach at Shirley for three years.

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