Longtime Grand Forks Red River volleyball coach Carolyn Olson was named the new head coach at Fargo Davies on Thursday.

Olson led the Roughriders for 24 seasons from 1994-2018. During that time, the Riders won six state titles, seven East Region tournaments, qualified for 21 state tournaments and made nine appearances in the state championship match.

"I wasn't out looking, but it's just an opportunity that presented itself to me," Olson said. "After going down and visiting about it, it just feels like the right move for me and my family."

Olson was named the NDHSCA Coach of the Year eight times and earned the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award in 2014-15.

She was inducted into the NDHSCA Hall of Fame in 2016 and will be inducted into the NHSCA Hall of Fame this summer.

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"Red River is a special place to me," Olson said. "I spent 25 years here. I feel part of it, and it's part of me. Certainly when I walk in Red River next year with the Davies team it's going to be a little emotional and definitely different. From a volleyball standpoint, these (Red River) kids are primed and ready here and maybe a new face not necessarily bad things for kids."

Olson, who will also teach physical education at Davies, replaces Melissa Wilson, who resigned lst month to take a position at a school in the Minneapolis area.

"She has a great deal of experience and brings a wealth of knowledge to our program," Davies activities director Lenny Ohlhauser said. "She will be an asset to our coaching staff and PE departments at Davies High School."

Before coaching at Red River, Olson was head coach at Williston for three years and spent one year as an assistant there. She graduated from Jamestown High School and Valley City State University.

"The kids here and the families I've worked with over the years have become like my own family," Olson said. "I couldn't have asked for a better experience with all those people. Thankfully, it's not too terribly far, and I can follow the current kids and watch their success as they move through the last few years of high school. This has been a truly amazing experience for me. It has been an incredible ride for me."