Coach Olson Misses Practice After Family Tragedy - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane Shock

Coach Olson Misses Practice After Family Tragedy

Updated:
Andy Olson was set to return to Spokane on Thursday and will be with the team for the final game of the season on Saturday (Photo: SWX) Andy Olson was set to return to Spokane on Thursday and will be with the team for the final game of the season on Saturday (Photo: SWX)
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Football is probably the last thing on Shock coach Andy Olson's mind right now. And rightly so.

Olson missed Wednesday's practice so he could be with his wife's family on the west side of the state, after his brother-in-law was shot and killed over the weekend.

Coach Olson will return to Spokane on Thursday to be with the team for the rest of the week leading up to Saturday's finale against Tampa Bay. The team – from the assistant coaches to the players – are supporting Olson and his family.

"He definitely needed to be there for his wife and her family," said Shock general manager Ryan Rigmaiden. "We've got a fairly veteran coaching staff in somebody like coach [Travis] Crusenberry, and he ran practice today and did a great job."

"It's a tough situation, so for that to be so close to home for him, we just had to let him know that we got his back, we're supporting him and do whatever you need to do and we'll take care of things here," said defensive back Terrance Sanders. "When we get back together we'll make it all happen on Saturday."

The Shock play in their final game of the season Saturday against the Tampa Bay Storm. The game, at 7 p.m. can be seen live on SWX, SWXRightNow.com and on mobile devices through the Syncbak app.

 

Tragedy Hits Home

Andy Olson's brother-in-law, Ryan Mumm, was shot Saturday night at a park in Arlington. He died the next day. The Everett Herald reported the case is being treated as a homicide.

The Spokesman-Review reported Wednesday that Mumm, 20, had graduated high school and had moved to Spokane to attend Spokane Community College.

  • Spokane ShockSpokane ShockMore>>

  • Shock Talk: JT Fitzgerald

    Shock Talk: JT Fitzgerald

    Spokane Shock defensive back and special teams standout JT Fitzgerald joined John Collett in the SWX Studio for another edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Tuesday, April 22.>>
    Spokane Shock defensive back and special teams standout JT Fitzgerald joined John Collett in the SWX Studio for another edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Tuesday, April 22.>>
  • Shock Lose on Final Play Off the Net vs. Cleveland

    Shock Lose on Final Play Off the Net vs. Cleveland

    The Cleveland Gladiators defeated the Spokane Shock, 52-50, on a last ditch effort off of the net with no time left to remain undefeated on the season at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday, April 19. >>
    The Cleveland Gladiators defeated the Spokane Shock, 52-50, on a last ditch effort off of the net with no time left to remain undefeated on the season at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday, April 19. >>
  • Shock Talk: Terrance "T1" Taylor

    Shock Talk: Terrance "T1" Taylor

    Spokane Shock defensive tackle Terrance Taylor joined Michelle Dapper in the SWX Studio for to talk about the Cleveland Gladiators upcoming visit and more in another edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions.>>
    Spokane Shock defensive tackle Terrance Taylor joined Michelle Dapper in the SWX Studio for to talk about the Cleveland Gladiators upcoming visit and more in another edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions.>>
  • Pro SportsProMore>>

  • Shock Talk: JT Fitzgerald

    Shock Talk: JT Fitzgerald

    Spokane Shock defensive back and special teams standout JT Fitzgerald joined John Collett in the SWX Studio for another edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Tuesday, April 22.>>
    Spokane Shock defensive back and special teams standout JT Fitzgerald joined John Collett in the SWX Studio for another edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Tuesday, April 22.>>
  • Russell Wilson, The Most Underpaid QB on the Seahawks Roster

    Russell Wilson, The Most Underpaid QB on the Seahawks Roster

    Russell Wilson has won a Super Bowl, been to the Pro Bowl twice, gone 5-1 in the playoffs, hasn't missed a single game in his two years in the league, thrown 52 touchdowns to his 19 interceptions and will be the lowest-paid quarterback on the Seattle Seahawks' roster in 2014.>>
    Russell Wilson has won a Super Bowl, been to the Pro Bowl twice, gone 5-1 in the playoffs, hasn't missed a single game in his two years in the league, thrown 52 touchdowns to his 19 interceptions and will be the lowest-paid quarterback on the Seattle Seahawks' roster in 2014.>>
  • Marlins Sweep Mariners for 6th Straight Loss

    Marlins Sweep Mariners for 6th Straight Loss

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:53 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:53:33 GMT
    Adeiny Hechavarria hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after an instant replay went in Miami's favor and the Marlins beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep.>>
    Adeiny Hechavarria hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after an instant replay went in Miami's favor and the Marlins beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep.
    >>