By Houston Smith

Mr. Erick Olson, the News and Sports Director at KOHU for nine years and also a Fox Sports and NBC Olympics soccer statistician, is out to experience a new kind of work at Umatilla High School. He is a teacher.

Mr. Olson is teaching English, Journalism, Broadcasting, and Yearbook. Being part of a family where everyone is a teacher, Mr. Olson knew one day he would follow their path of teaching, but not before he would try to live his dream of writing for the San Francisco Chronicle Sports Section about baseball.

“I spent my life learning to write for the newspaper but little did I realize they were going to die before I would turn 30,” said Mr. Olson who changed his career choice to radio as a senior in college at the University of Oregon.

Mr. Olson was told about a teaching position at Umatilla High School a few years ago, it just wasn’t the right time. Last year confronted with this decision again, Mr. Olson wanted to try something new, while still being available to travel with Fox during the summer to global soccer events.

Teaching seemed to be the perfect opportunity. Mr. Olson was hired by the last administration at UHS in May.

“This school district has one of the best plans in the area,” said Mr. Olson having plenty of knowledge of the area, through his reporting for the radio stations, along with being part of the after school program a few years ago.

Joining the teaching team here at Umatilla High School, Mr. Olson is excited not being the only new teacher. He is hoping a new energy will spread throughout the school.