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UW-Parkside athletics: School dedicates Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center to honor longtime coach – Kenosha News

SOMERS — It’s not so much that Mark Olsen never thought the UW-Parkside athletic department would name a state-of-the-art indoor golf facility after him.

It’s more that Olsen never thought the department would be able to build such a facility in the first place.

Well, now both things have happened.

On Feb. 3, the Parkside athletic department officially dedicated the Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center, honoring Olsen, the former Parkside head men’s golf coach and current volunteer assistant for the team who’s been around the Parkside athletic department and seen more over the years than just about anyone there now.

More than 20 alumni and 50 attendees gathered on Feb. 3 to honor Olsen, affectionately dubbed “Coach O,” for his accomplishments and the time and work he’s dedicated to the Parkside men’s golf program during his career.

Olsen coached the Parkside men’s golf team for 17 seasons through the 2018-19 campaign, leading the Rangers to four NCAA Division II Tournaments. He was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 and coached five All-Conference golfers and one GLVC Freshman of the Year during his tenure.

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Olsen now helps out as a volunteer assistant under Parkside head men’s golf coach Tyler Wollberg, but Olsen is still the head boys golf coach at Central High School, a position he’s held for decades.

“The facility is wonderful,” Olsen said of the new indoor golf center that bears his name in a halftime interview on Feb. 5 during the Parkside men’s basketball team’s game against Michigan Tech at the De Simone Arena. “Whether they named it after me or not, I’m sure happy that it’s here for the players.

“What made the (Feb. 3 dedication) most significant to me was the guys that had played in the past that came back. So when I’m talking with them and thinking about things that occurred with them during their careers, that was huge. So if I can do that once a year, I would be thrilled.”

Part of RangerVision

The Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center is part of the $5 million RangerVision 2020 campaign, a massive renovation to Parkside’s Sports and Activity Center that launched in March 2020 and has included significant upgrades to the De Simone Arena and the creation of a multi-purpose indoor turf facility that’s named the Rick Kilps Center after the former longtime Parkside men’s soccer coach.

A $200,000 project, the Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center was 100% funded by more than 60 donors, according to a Parkside athletics press release. The facility features two state-of-the-art Foresight golf simulators with GCQuad Launch Monitors and a putting green. The facility will allow up to 10 student-athletes to practice at one time.

Olsen credited Parkside Athletic Director Andrew Gavin, who came to the program in July 2017 and has initiated all sorts of major changes during his tenure, for reaching out to the community to get the golf center financed.

“We had some nice athletic directors, and I have no fault with them, but I was just of the opinion that the community isn’t going to support any improvements or anything, and there’s nothing we could do about it,” Olsen said. “But then suddenly he comes in, and a lot of people said, ‘Well, nobody ever asked me (to support the Parkside athletic program) before.’

“And so it’s just been great, the …….

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SOMERS — It’s not so much that Mark Olsen never thought the UW-Parkside athletic department would name a state-of-the-art indoor golf facility after him.

It’s more that Olsen never thought the department would be able to build such a facility in the first place.

Well, now both things have happened.

On Feb. 3, the Parkside athletic department officially dedicated the Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center, honoring Olsen, the former Parkside head men’s golf coach and current volunteer assistant for the team who’s been around the Parkside athletic department and seen more over the years than just about anyone there now.

More than 20 alumni and 50 at…….

SOMERS — It’s not so much that Mark Olsen never thought the UW-Parkside athletic department would name a state-of-the-art indoor golf facility after him.

It’s more that Olsen never thought the department would be able to build such a facility in the first place.

Well, now both things have happened.

On Feb. 3, the Parkside athletic department officially dedicated the Mark Olsen Indoor Golf Center, honoring Olsen, the former Parkside head men’s golf coach and current volunteer assistant for the team who’s been around the Parkside athletic department and seen more over the years than just about anyone there now.

More than 20 alumni and 50 at…….

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