|Mike Olsen enters his first season as Head Men’s and Women’s Track and Field coach at Triton College.
Before Triton, Olsen had
been a strength and conditioning coach at OCF for six years, where he
worked with various athletes from youth to professional athletes,
working on improving their skills in speed and strength. In 2011, Olsen
founded a running club, allowing him to work with over one hundred
athletes to help them achieve running success, from increasing 40 yard
dash times to completing the Chicago Marathon. During the summer of
2014, Olsen was fortunate enough to spend some time with the New Orleans
Saints. During this period, he was able to
work with and view how a professional team programs workouts for their
athletes. As a track and field athlete, it is paramount to understand
how all components of sleep, training, and diet effect performance.
As an athlete, Olsen was
very successful at various levels. During his time at East Leyden High
School, Olsen captured seven track records. He had five indoor (4X1,
4X4, 4X8, 600m, 800m), and two outdoor records (4X4 and 4X8). In 2001,
he ran for College of DuPage, helping their team finish third at the
NJCAA National Championships. He competed in six events (4X1, 4X4, 4X8,
800, 400, 400 Hurdles) and was All – American in 2 events (4X1 and 4X4).
Also, as a football player, Olsen led the state of Illinois in interceptions and set a Leyden
Record with seven interceptions. This led him to play in the 1998
East/West Shriners game, where he was MVP runner up with 1 interception
and 12 tackles.
Olsen received his
bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in
Sport Management. He currently is a father of 4 boys: Tyler, Carter,
Chase, and Zac. In his free time, he enjoys training, coaching his sons
in sports, and spending time with friends and family.
|Coach Petrelli brings
many years of experience coaching throws to the Triton staff. Petrelli
coached the throwers at St. Patrick High School (Chicago, IL) during the
2005 and 2006 seasons. In 2005, Petrelli helped lead 2 state qualifiers
in the shot-put, one of which was a sophomore and one qualifier in the
discus whom was also a sophomore. Following the success of the 2005
season Petrelli helped guide a state qualifier in the shot put and
another one in the discus during the 2006 season.
Petrelli also coached at
Lakes Community High School (Lake Villa, IL) during the 2010 season.
During Petrelli's time at Lakes, he helped guide an athlete to an
all-state title in the shot-put finishing 3rd in Illinois and the same
athlete finishing with All-State honors in the discus with a 4th place
finish. Petrelli also helped develop another thrower who qualified for
state in the Discus in 2010.
As a student- Athlete,
Petrelli competed in Football and Track and Field all four years at
D-III North Park University (Chicago, IL). He is also a local athlete
graduating from Elmwood Park High School in 2001. While at Elmwood Park,
Petrelli competed in Football, Wrestling, and Track & Field
throughout his High School career, earning the Terry Ray memorial award
for excellence in athletics. Petrelli exemplified his leadership with a
strong presence and work ethic in the classroom, weight-room and around
campus. Petrelli brings a B.A. in Exercise Science with him and 15
Credit hours in Human Performance towards his M.A. to the Triton staff.
He is also a American Sport Education Program (ASEP) certified coach
Away from Triton, he
enjoys staying active with as many lifelong activities as he can.
Petrelli works as a project manager for a sign company out of Elmhurst.
Patrick Tortorici enters his first season as assistant coach of
Men's and Women's Track and Field at Triton College.
Tortorici has been a trainer and coach for six years, training
athletes of all ages and skill level. During this time, Tortorici was a strength
and conditioning coach at Nazareth Academy High School during their dominant
campaign of consecutive 6A State Football Championships. An avid student of the
sport, Tortorici emphasizes the importance of fundamentals and basics for
athletes of all levels.
As an athlete, Tortorici has had a long and successful
career. Tortorici ran at Eastern Illinois University under Coach Tom
Akers. He trained with the long sprinters and hurdlers, specializing in
the 400 intermediate hurdles. Throughout his tenure at EIU, Tortorici earned four
First-Team All-Conference Titles, 3 Second-Team All-Conference Titles, and a
national berth his senior year. Tortorici ranked top 10 in school history
in several events, including indoor (400m, 4x4, and DMR), and outdoor (400 Im
Hurdles, 400m, and 4x4).
Tortorici has been a part of the track community for over two
decades, and looks to share his experience and knowledge with any young athlete
looking to lace up their racing spikes.