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With the optimism of the new football season upon us, I was sad to learn that longtime coach Ken Olson passed away Wednesday.

Olson was a longtime football assistant at Richland High School, and he built the Bombers’ softball program into a powerhouse in the 1980s and 1990s.

Two of Olson’s sons followed in his footsteps as football coaches. Greg is the offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders, and Marc is a teacher and assistant at Richland High.

“Ken was as much responsible for the Bomber football culture changing around here as Coach (J.D.) Covington,” Richland football coach Mike Neidhold said. “Ken was a great coach and even better person.”

Services are pending.


Rest in peace Todd. Never forgotten.

First tight end in NFL history to catch over 90 passes in two different seasons. He had 92 catches in the 1983 Superbowl season, and 95 catches in 1986.

Former Raiders Asst. Coach/Fresno St. Head Coach Jim Sweeney dies at 83

After two years at Fresno State ('76-'77), Coach Sweeney took to the NFL as an assistant coach for the Oakland Raiders in John Madden’s final season ('78), then one year with the St. Louis Cardinals under Bud Wilkinson. Sweeney was hired back at Fresno State following the 1979 season with the Cardinals, and remained a Bulldog until his retirement following the 1996 season.

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Grady Allen passed away last night. Condolences to Dennis Allen and family.

Oakland Raiders assistant coach Terrell Williams' son dies - sudden, unexpected illness

The team requests that condolences be sent to Williams at team headquarters at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway, Alameda, CA, 94502


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