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May 9, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Rock graduate enters Academic All-America Hall of Fame

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa - Todd Olsen, a 1985 Slippery Rock University health and physical education graduate and former men's soccer student-athlete, has been named a member of the Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame's silver-anniversary class of 2012.

Olsen will be the first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference student-athlete inducted into the hall. He is the sixth student-athlete from a Pennsylvania college or university and the third non-Division I Pennsylvania student-athlete honored.

In 1987, while studying on a Rotary International Fellowship, Olsen earned a master of science degree in physical education and recreation/exercise physiology from Loughborough University of Technology in England. Six years later, he earned both a master of public health and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

At SRU he earned three letters and an All-PSAC honor in soccer.

"Coach Jim Egli was a major influence in my life," Olsen said of the former SRU men's soccer coach who died in 2011. "I have tried to model myself after coach Egli in everything I do as a coach and as a person," Olsen said.

Olsen is currently the head women's soccer coach at Lynchburg College. Since his arrival, the Hornets have posted 17 winning campaigns and advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament in 12 of the last 15 seasons.

Induction ceremonies for the hall of fame class are June 26 at the Capital One Special Awards Gala in conjunction with the CoSIDA national convention in St. Louis, Mo.

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