Inductee Profile

Forrest Olson

2009

A graduate of Rice Lake High School in 1992, Forrest was a multiple letter winner in basketball and as a senior he lettered in football as a defensive back and in baseball as a first baseman and pitcher. He helped lead the Warrior basketball team to a Big Rivers Championship in 1991 and two consecutive sectional final appearances in 1991 and 1992 with the latter a gripping 60-58 loss to eventual state champion Onalaska. His ability to shoot from the outside, take the ball inside and also rebound earned him 1992 Big Rivers Player of the Year, All-Northwest and Team MVP. The 6-6 co-captain scored 408 points for an average of 17.7 in leading the Warriors to a 14-9 record. He also had a team high 21 points in the 1992 High School Division II All Star game. Forrest went on to start in 95 of the 100 games that he played for the UW-Oshkosh Titans men’s basketball team from 1992 to 1996. He accumulated 1387 career points; the 9th highest total in that school’s history. His career also featured 530 rebounds, 125 assists and 110 3-point baskets. Olson was the owner of 5 double-doubles and scored a career high of 29 points. The 6’6”, 240 pound forward earned All-WIAC First Team accolades in 1995 as a junior when he started in all 25 games, scoring 465 points for an average of 18.6. In 1996, Olson again received All-WIAC First Team honors as he started in all 27 games, averaging 14.1 points per game to help the Titans to a 23-4 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship. Olson followed his UW- Oshkosh playing career by earning his B.A. degree in teaching from Finlandia University and Michigan Tech University. From 2001 to 2006 he taught social studies, coached girls varsity basketball and served as the athletic director at Hancock High School in Michigan. Forrest passed away in 2007 at the age of 33.

Forrest Olson