Head Track and Field Coach
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.
Assistant Track and Field 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.