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Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Jun 24, 2021

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Lindsey Wilson College Head Coach, Chris Oliver. Coach Oliver reflects on his teams’ journey to winning the NAIA National Championship, details how he’s built a football program from the ground up, and speaks on the importance of having strong senior leaders in the locker room.

Chris Oliver is entering his 12th season as head football coach of the Blue Raider football program. This past spring Coach Oliver lead his team to an undefeated 11-0 record and took home the first NAIA National Championship in program history. Coach Oliver has been the head coach at Lindsey Wilson since the inception of the football program in 2010. Over the past seven seasons the Blue Raiders have made the playoffs six times and have won multiple Mid-South Conference division titles under Coach Olivers direction.

Prior to Lindsey Wilson, Oliver spent five seasons as assistant coach at Ohio Dominican. Just like building the Lindsey Wilson program, Oliver helped start the Ohio Dominican football program. During his time at Ohio Dominican, Oliver led one of the most prolific offenses in the NAIA. In his last three seasons, Coach Oliver consistently lead his offense near the top of most statistical categories including total offense and passing offense. Prior to Ohio Dominican, Oliver served as a student-assistant at The Ohio State University. Oliver assisted with the Buckeyes’ tight ends and special teams. He also assisted with scouting and worked closely with recruiting.

  • [0:30] Start of Interview
  • [1:09] Reflecting on journey to winning the NAIA National Championship
  • [3:40] How to build a program from the ground up
  • [7:50] Trusting the process
  • [14:05] Importance of having strong senior leaders
  • [19:35] The "Make a Way" motto