The first staff member hired by Tim Miles at Nebraska, Jayden Olson is in his second year as the Huskers’ Director of Basketball Operations. In his role, Olson serves as the primary day-to-day administrator within the basketball office, where he handles the program’s budget, team travel, clinics, camps and daily office operations, as well as serves as the liaison with Academics, Life Skills, HuskerVision and Media Relations departments. He is heavily involved with team scheduling and the Huskers’ community involvement and Life Skills programs.
Olson came to Nebraska after spending two seasons at Colorado State, serving as the Rams’ director of basketball operations during the 2011-12 campaign. In his role at Colorado State, Olson served as the primary day-to-day administrator for the Rams, coordinating budgeting, scheduling, team travel and overseeing academics. In 2011-12, he played a major role in the Rams winning 20 games for the first time since 1997-98 and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nine seasons.
He began his association with Colorado State as the program’s video coordinator in 2010-11, where he handled tape exchanges, breaking down video, recording practices and games and coordinating the team’s video library.
Olson spent three seasons as the top assistant coach at Augustana College from 2007-2010, helping the Vikings to a 67-26 record during his time in Sioux Falls, S.D. The team qualified for three NCAA Division II regional tournaments while Olson was a part of the program. Olson also helped recruit back-to-back Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Freshman of the Year award winners in 2009 and 2010.
Prior to his arrival at Augustana, Olson spent two seasons (2005-07) as a graduate assistant coach at the University of North Dakota, where he earned his master’s degree in kinesiology.
A 2003 graduate of Dickinson State, Olson received his bachelor’s degrees in physical education and business education. At Dickinson State, Olson was captain of the basketball team and was a two-time academic All-America selection. His 2000-01 team set a school record for 28 wins. He was also a member of the Blue Hawks’ golf team. Prior to Dickinson State, Olson played two years at Williston State College, a Division I junior college in Williston, N.D. He was a team captain at the school, as it set a school record for wins during the 1998-99 season and advanced to the NJCAA National Championship in Hutchinson, Kan.