Brock Olivo

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Brock Olivo
Brock Olivo.jpg
Olivo while coaching in Italy, 2011
Current position
Title Assistant Special Teams coach
Team Kansas City Chiefs
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-06-24) June 24, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri
Career information
Position(s) Running back
College University of Missouri
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
Italian National football team
Coastal Carolina University
No. 26
Running back
Personal information
Career information
Debuted in 1998
Last played in 2002
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • #27 retired at Missouri.
  • NCAA Mosi Tatupu National Special Teams Player of the Year in 1997.
  • Graduated as the all-time leading rusher from the University of Missouri.
  • Led the Detroit Lions in special teams tackles in two out of five seasons as a captain of the special teams units.
Career NFL statistics
Rushing att-yards 2–7
Receptions-yards 7–74
Touchdowns 0
Stats at NFL.com

James Brockman Olivo (born June 24, 1976 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former American football running back in the National Football League who played for the Detroit Lions (1998–2002). He is currently the assistant Special Teams coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.[1]

High school career[edit]

Raised in Hermann, Missouri, Olivo attended St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington, Missouri, where he rushed for 5,030 yards and 70 touchdowns during his high school career. He led Borgia to an undefeated season and Missouri state championship in 1993, as well as being named "Player of the Year."[2]

Education and college career[edit]

Olivo attended the University of Missouri where he earned a degree in English literature.[3] As a member of the football team, Olivo was the first awardee of the Mosi Tatupu Award for the top special teams player in college football. He left as the University of Missouri's career rushing and touchdown leader, but both records have since been broken (twice as of 2008[4]). He was the seventh player in school history to have his jersey retired. He was also tapped into the Mystical Seven secret honor society during his tenure at Mizzou.

Following his NFL football career, Olivo worked for three years at the National Italian American Foundation in Washington, D.C.

NFL career[edit]

Olivo went undrafted out of college, but he made the Detroit Lions roster with his unparalleled work ethic and his tenacious style of play on their special teams units. Olivo played for 4 seasons on Detroit's league-leading special teams, where he led the team in tackles on special teams in two of his four seasons, as well as being a valuable backup at running back and fullback.

Overseas career[edit]

After retiring from the NFL, Olivo coached and played football for 6 months in Italy with the SS. Lazio Marines (Rome), a team in the top division of Italy's American professional football league. He helped the team to the championship semifinal game for the first time in the team's history, leading the country in rushing and touchdowns.

Current life and career[edit]

Olivo currently resides in Myrtle Beach, SC, and is the running backs coach and special teams assistant for Coastal Carolina University, a member of the Big South Conference in college football's FCS division. Prior to becoming a coach at CCU, Olivo resided in Omaha, NE, where he was the running backs coach and special teams assistant for the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks. Olivo returned to the U.S. after having lived in Rome, Italy, where he was the Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator of the Italian National Football team www.fidaf.org, which plays for the European Cup every 4 years, and in the interim, competes in international tournaments with other European national teams. He was also the head coach, offensive coordinator, and special teams assistant of a Series A team, the S.S. Lazio Marines, which competes in Italy's IFL, the highest level of American Football competition in the country. In 2008, Olivo ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Missouri's 9th congressional district, losing the Republican primary to eventual victor Blaine Luetkemeyer.

Olivo is fluent in Italian and his hobbies include playing the guitar and cooking.

In 2012, Olivo was hired as an assistant coach, running backs coach, and special teams coach at Coastal Carolina University.

Following back to back Big South Conference Championships (2012–13) with Coastal Carolina, Olivo was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs to become their special teams assistant.

References[edit]

http://www.ufl-football.com/omaha-nighthawks/staff-roster

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