Ryne Olsen NBRFM Live Radio Interview
I began my life journey growing up in Toms River, NJ. With the aspirations of being a collegiate baseball player, I unfortunately emphasized the role of athlete before student. When it became time to select a university, I was accepted to and had the choice of very few. I continued this trend at West Virginia University until the department chair approached me with an ultimatum of increasing my GPA or departing for home. Following this conversation, I never looked back and 4 years later, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology.
I continued my academic endeavors to obtain a masters degree from Springfield College in Massachusetts, where I was the Athletic Academic Advisor for the Springfield College Women’s softball team and Men’s freshmen football team. I also took on the role of Assistant Head Coach of the Springfield College baseball team. While invested in these roles, I began an assistance ship at the High School of Commerce as the Athletic Academic Advisor for the high school student athletes, as well as putting time in as the Defensive Coordinator of their Men’s Football Team. I accepted all endeavors and ran with these opportunities, graduating with a M.S in counseling, specializing in student athletes.
During my life, I’ve come to notice that opportunities present themselves frequently, but it’s about the desire for the acceptance of change, or the fear in doing so that makes the difference. One must have the ability to want to change and better themselves.
I am a graduate from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, specializing in Strength and Conditioning and Athletic Coaching Education. While Studying at WVU I had one of the best opportunities possible to work in a Collegiate Style facility that accepted members of all age and skill levels, from pre-adolescent to the seasoned veteran, and from fundamentals to elite athletes. I was able to experience every aspect of fitness on all levels and I fell in love. When I finished school I found myself searching for a competitive atmosphere again and turned to the sports of Olympic Lifting and Crossfit for my answer!.
For nearly 10 years I have devoted countless early mornings, long days, and late nights to furthering my education and my coaching ability to better serve those that love the sport of fitness as much as I do. There’s only one thing that can give me a rush like competing myself, and that’s watching one of my athletes give it their all just the same!