Olivo in Italy, 2011
|Position:||Special teams coordinator|
|Date of birth:||June 24, 1976|
|Place of birth:||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||226 lb (103 kg)|
|High school:||Washington (MO) St. Francis Borgia|
|Career highlights and awards|
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James Brockman Olivo (born June 24, 1976) is an American football coach and former player who was a running back for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons. Olivo is currently the Special Teams Coordinator for the NFL's Denver Broncos.
High school career
Born in St. Louis, and 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."
Education and college career
Olivo attended the University of Missouri where he earned a degree in English literature. 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). 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.
Olivo went undrafted out of college, but he made the Detroit Lions roster with his tenacious 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.
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
Olivo currently resides in Denver, Colorado, where he is Special Teams coach with the Denver Broncos. Prior to being hired at the Broncos, Olivo resided in Kansas City, where he was an assistant coach for the kansas City Chiefs, and prior to that he lived in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he was 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, Nebraska, 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.
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 hired by the Kansas City Chiefs to become their assistant special teams coach. On January 24, 2017, he was announced by the Denver Broncos as their Special Teams Coordinator.