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Hillsboro-Central Valley head coach Scott Olsen, center, gives a bear hug to assistants Zach Hinkle, left, and Nathan Walsh following H-CV’s 16-14 win in the Class 1A title game at the Dakota Bowl in Fargo in 2017

Following the announcement that Scott Olsen will be stepping down as head coach of the Hillsboro-Central Valley football team, school administrators will be tasked with finding his replacement.

Burros athletic director Dave Nelson said Tuesday that school officials and the sports co-op won’t kick off their search for Olsen’s successor until the first or second week in February.

“We won’t start officially looking (for a replacement) until the Hillsboro and Central Valley school boards have accepted Scottie’s resignation next month,” Nelson said.

“His departure is a huge loss for the program. That could be a challenging position to fill.”

Olsen, who had served as H-CV’s head coach for 12 years, had a handful of assistants in 2022.

The list included longtime baseball coach Nathan Walsh, who stepped down as H-CV’s skipper last year, along with Kevin Lokken, Dusty Brend, Zach Hinkle and Riley Pederson.

Nelson said Tuesday that none of the assistants had reached out to him to express interest in taking over the program, although he pointed out there still would be ample time to apply for the job.

“I’m hoping that we get some inquiries now that people know the job is available and there’s a possibility that they could apply,” Nelson said.

Administrators could look for a new coach outside the Hillsboro or Central Valley school districts if no current teachers or employees toss their hats in the ring for the position, Nelson said.

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