Elected to JC Baseball Hall of Fame ; CCCAA Hall of Fame
1975 NBC World Series with Paul W. Deese (m) and Ben Hines (r)
Ed Olsen (74-75-76-77) Inducted into CCCAA Hall of Fame
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EL CAJON (1-15-08) -- Long-time Grossmont College baseball coach ED OLSEN produced plenty of impressive numbers during his 22 seasons as the Griffins skipper. It all starts with his 516-376-7 record, which ranks among state's top 10 for coaching victories. The Olsen legacy doesn't stop there. He's guided 11 Griffins into the major leagues and helped an additional 355 players receive some form of scholarship.
Even with all that excitement under his belt, Olsen was ecstatic when he learned that he'd been elected to the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Olsen will be inducted in the CCCBA Hall of Fame on May 23 in Fresno, site of the state baseball championships. "I'm so happy with that honor and I can't thank people enough, like (his former assistant and Grossmont's current head coach) RANDY ABSHIER," Olsen said. "Alot of people are responsible for this."
Players who reached the big leagues under Olsen' Grossmont tutelage are: MARCUS GILES (Atlanta, San Diego, Colorado); JEFF KARSTENS (N.Y. Yankees); KEVIN CORREIA (San Francisco); STEVE PHOENIX (Oakland); the late JOE KENNEDY (Tampa Bay, Colorado, Oakland, Arizona, Toronto); JOHN BARNES (Minnesota); MIKE HARTLEY (L.A. Dodgers, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Japan); MIKE JUDD (L.A. Dodgers); TOM FORDHAM (Chicago White Sox); MATT HENSLEY (L.A. Angels); and FERNANDO CORTEZ (Tampa Bay, Kansas City).
Olsen's tenure as an East County coach, which ended with his retirement from Grossmont College following the 2004 season, includes 10 years at El Capitan High where he helped pitcher JEFF BYRD reach the major leagues with the expansion Toronto Blue Jays in 1977.
This is Olsen's third induction into a Hall of Fame. He is in the La Jolla High Hall of Fame as a player and in El Capitan's Hall of Fame as a coach.
Olsen toiled for 11 professional baseball organizations as player, manager, coach and scout.