Prep boys basketball: Jeff Olson pondering second season as varsity hoops coach at Ishpeming

ISHPEMING – At the moment, he’s leaning toward returning next season.

But Ishpeming High School boys varsity basketball coach Jeff Olson is going to wait a while before making a final decision.

“I think I’m coming back, but I’m not positive. I’ve got to decompress a little and then decide,” he said Wednesday.

Olson, in his first season at the IHS helm, guided the Hematites to a 16-5 overall record and a 9-2 mark in the Mid-Peninsula Conference.

Of his team’s five total losses, three were to Negaunee (including a district title game) and two to Marquette.

That came on the heels of the Ishpeming varsity football team, which he also coaches, winning its second straight MHSAA Division 7 state championship.

“We started (basketball) three weeks late because of football, but that actually helped my sanity and stress level,” Olson said. “It was a grind (afterward), though.

“Once we started, we played 2-3 games every week except one. Everything went pretty smooth, though, because we had great kids.

“I didn’t have to do a lot of prodding to get them to work hard,” he added.

Olson said practices “got long.” When you add scouting and Sunday workouts, he reiterated “it’s a grind.”

“I enjoyed coaching freshmen and junior varsity teams (in the past) because I like going home after practices. You’re not doing all the extra things,” he said.

Olson added he’s going to consider the “stress level” involved with coaching basketball and “family concerns” before deciding whether to return to the IHS post next season.