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Hallman, Olsson return to TMC

Posted: March 25, 2008 3:01 a.m.
Updated: May 26, 2008 5:01 a.m.
Former Saugus basketball head coaches Jeff Hallman and Eric Olsson were linked in the past for so many reasons.

They will be in the future as well.

The best friends and former The Master's College basketball teammates who both resigned from Saugus earlier this month - Hallman the boys team and Olsson the girls - have been hired by TMC men's head coach Chuck Martin as assistants.

"It's a no-brainer," Martin said of the hires. "When I found out both weren't coming back (to Saugus) and approached them, I thought if I could pull this off, it would be a huge step in trying to win the (Golden State Athletic Conference)."

Martin approached both coaches recently and took them separately to dinner to try and woo them to come to The Master's.

Hallman had been the boys head basketball coach at Saugus for the last 14 seasons and decided to resign March 3 to spend more time with his family.

Olsson, who had two separate stints with the Saugus girls, each four years, resigned March 11 citing health and family reasons.

Martin said he would adjust the practice schedule to accommodate his new assistants, who committed separately last week, and would lessen the responsibility load on both.

"It really is a dream come true," said Olsson, who played at TMC from 1977 to 1981 where he was a sharpshooting guard. "Jeff and I both want to help Chuck realize goals for the team."

Hallman played for The Mustangs from 1979 to 1982 as a scrappy guard/forward.

Both will help TMC with its recruiting, but Olsson will specialize in defense and Hallman will help tweak the offense with the Princeton offense, characterized by cutting and passing, he had been using at Saugus.

"It wasn't hard at all," Hallman said about taking the job.

Hallman and Olsson last coached together as assistants on the 1987 Saugus boys basketball team that is the valley's only boys squad to win a CIF title.

Hallman and Olsson will keep teaching at Saugus High.

Martin said it was very necessary to add them to his staff because he was finding it increasingly hard to compete in his conference against large-staffed opponents.

The second-year head coach has only one assistant in Chris Connolly.

Both former Saugus coaches were no strangers to Martin.

His daughter Kaylynn played for Olsson's Saugus girls team the last two seasons.

He was also a frequent presence at Saugus basketball games.

Martin has been very active since taking over for 13-year head coach Bill Oates after the 2005-06 season.

He's been an vigorous recruiter and risk-taker who saw his team finish 16-15 in 2007-08 and knock off nationally-ranked NAIA teams including No. 2, at the time, Concordia.

"Chuck has goals of getting back to the national tournament, winning the GSAC," Hallman said. "We'd like to help him do that. We've been both impressed with Chuck as a man and a coach."


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