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Olson Discusses Uncertain Future With Shock Organization

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Just days after the 2015 season ended in a first-round playoff loss to the Arizona Rattlers, Spokane Shock head coach Andy Olson says he and the team will likely part ways.

"Nothing has been set in stone just yet," Olson said Monday. "There's some options for the Shock as far as another league goes, that's no secret. I think more than likely, we'll both move on in a different direction. I don't think there's any hard feelings on either side. It's just one of those things where eventually, every coach goes through this. It's probably going to be for the better for both. Like I said, nothing is for sure, but it's looking like I'm going to be looking for another job here soon."

Olson has spent seven seasons as a member of the Shock organization. He was a wide receiver on the team when it won the ArenaCup in 2009. After two seasons as a player, he was hired as Rob Keefe's offensive coordinator for the 2011 season and eventually promoted to head coach the following season.

"It's been tough because you don't ever want a good thing to come to an end," Olson said. "I've felt like my time here has been a great time and I've really enjoyed my coaching career here so far. I have nothing but love for the Shock and wish them the best."

In four seasons as the head coach, Olson finished with a 42-30 record in the regular season and led the team to three straight playoff appearances. In 2015, the Shock made the postseason despite a 7-11 record in the regular season.

With the season now over after their playoff loss, Olson says he'll finish up some end of season duties in Spokane before deciding what comes next.

"As far as the AFL goes, it's an option. I'm nowhere near making a decision in any capacity at that level. College is an option. Coaching, whether I stick with it or not, I'm not quite sure yet.

"It's been a huge part of my life. I've grown up with it, my kids have grown up with it. It's been a big deal to me and it means a lot to me. We put nothing but hard work and effort into this organization. We didn't always win games and we didn't always win championships but we gave it everything we had. We did it for the city, we did it for the fans, and we did it for each other and ourselves. I'm just very proud of all the years that I've spent with the Spokane Shock and hoping to move on to bigger and better things."

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