Torrey Olson. Photo courtesy of Rob Garcia/CSUSM

Cal State San Marcos cross country, and track and field program has a new coach following the retirement of Steve Scott, the university announced this week.

Torrey Olson, who previously headed the track and field and cross country program at Academy of Art University, will head both the men’s and women’s program for the Cougars.

“Coach Olson will come in and quickly get to work to build on the history of success our cross country and track and field teams have experienced,” San Marcos athletic director Jennifer Milo said. “Coach Olson demonstrates our department’s values and culture and is an excellent fit to our university.”

During his three years leading the Urban Knights, Academy of Arts collectively earned 50 All-American honors. Olsen was also responsible for all aspects of the programs, including recruitment and budgeting.

Olsen said it was an honor to take over for Scott, who retired at the end of the 2017-18 season, and building on his legacy. Last season was San Marcos’ first season competing as a full member of the NCAA Division II, meaning it was eligible for the postseason. The program has been competing at the Division II level for two years prior to last during the transition period. Schools are not eligible for the postseason during transitions.

“The vision is to have the four programs competing on the national stage and excelling within the (California Collegiate Athletic Association),” Olson said. “CSUSM is in such an excellent spot — with a new, modern, beautiful and still growing campus, excellent facilities, a stunning area with miles of surrounding trails for our distance runners, and an administration that is really supportive of growth and building success.”

Last season, Olson mentored three individual Pacific West Conference cross country champions and both the Urban Knights men’s and women’s teams finished second in 2017, the program’s best finish to date. He was also instrumental in the guiding 45 individual PacWest track and field champions in the two years since the PacWest reinstated a conference championship in track and field.

A graduate of Pomona College, Olson earned All-Academic honors in both cross country and track and field while also becoming an individual NCAA qualifier in cross country during the 2008 season.

He is also a USA Track and Field Level I-certified coach.

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