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Lew Olsen

2013 SRVHS Athletic Hall of Fame

Lew Olsen, Class of 1973:

Tall and imposing. That’s how opposing baseball batters viewed Lew Olsen on the pitcher’s mound, and that’s how opposing football players saw him from the gridiron, as well. Lew’s athletic prowess was evident early in High School. Lew played one game as a Sophomore on the Jr. Varsity Football team and became a starter on the Varsity team the following night. By the time Lew’s H.S. Football career had ended, he had been named 1st Team All-League and 1st Team All-East Bay twice. While College Football recruiters lined up with offers of full-ride scholarships, Professional Baseball scouts were lined up just as deep to watch this hard-throwing pitcher. In Lew’s Jr. year, he had 113 strikeouts in 87 innings and a 0.46 earned run average. In his Senior year, he compiled a perfect 7 – 0 record with 3 no hitters and 2 one hitters and an unbelievable 0.13 ERA. He was the Northern California High School Player of the Year and the K.C. Royals made him their first pick in the 1973 draft (9th player chosen overall) right out of High School. Lew’s promising professional Baseball career was cut short by a shoulder injury in 1977. Lew was elected to the Tri-Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Lew is a humble man and an active member of his church. When asked about his athletic accomplishments, his family pride burst forth as he supplied more information about his wife of 34 years, Cindy and their daughter Summer’s championships with their horses, and son Jake’s ability to beat him handily on the golf course. Lew submitted a picture of his grandson Layton before he sent the picture of himself in his K.C. Royal uniform.

Lew earned his BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the U. of Florida and his MS in Computer Science from Kansas State. He currently lives and works in FL at the Harris Corp. as the FTI Data Center Operations Manager.