Jeff Olson inducted to Pendill Wall of Excellence in Marquette

MSHS graduate Jeff Olson was added to the Pendill Wall of Excellence at Marquette Senior High School on Oct. 24, 2019 (WLUC image).
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Former Ishpeming football coach Jeff Olson became the newest member of the Marquette Area Public Schools' Pendill Wall of Excellence Thursday night.

Olson graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 1981.

Since then he seen great success in 37 years of coaching three different sports, including three state championships with the Ishpeming Hematites football team. He was also named State of Michigan Coach of the Year and added to the Coaches Hall of Fame.

During an emotional speech, Olson thanked his family, previous teachers and everyone who helped him have such success.

"I learned from a lot of great mentors here a lot of great coaches, great teachers, but what's special about this honor is it's not just about what you do in your life it's what you do with your life and it feels good to be recognized for Daniel's fight, to be able to recognize that along with some of the achievements, it's pretty special," Olson said.

Since the tragic death of his son Daniel, Olson has also dedicated his life to educating the public about suicide as a medical illness. He's traveled the Midwest speaking about mental illness with the goal of ending the stigma surrounding mental health. Olson received a standing ovation following his speech Thursday.

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