Jake Olsen expects he’ll receive a far chillier reception on his weekend work trips this fall than he’s been accustomed to in the past.
The 31-year-old Hillsboro native started work Monday as a defensive analyst for the LSU Tigers after a four-year stint as a defensive coach and special teams coordinator at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La.
The seismic leap from helping lead the Demons in the FCS Southland Conference to being a part of a Power Five program and SEC perennial power like LSU isn’t lost on Olsen.
He’s entered a high-pressure world where winning is expected and his Saturday nights will be spent in front of 100,000 roaring football fans – both at home and on the road.
“Coaching at Northwestern and Louisiana-Monroe the past few years, I’ve had the chance to see Power Five teams like Georgia, Alabama or Texas A&M almost every year,” Olsen says.
“But, at Northwestern, they were probably a little friendlier than they’re going to be now. They might hate us a little bit more than I’m used to.”
Olsen’s new job in Baton Rouge, about 80 miles northwest of New Orleans, marks the latest stop in the coaching travels of the 2008 Hillsboro High School graduate.
The former Burro started his career at Valley City State after a four-year stint as a Vikings player.
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