Brock Olivo
Candid waist-up photograph of Olivo wearing a black hooded sweatshirt bearing the text "Marines football" and a black hat with an Under Armour logo
Olivo in Italy, 2011
Chicago Bears
Position:Assistant special teams coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1976-06-24) June 24, 1976 (age 43)
St. Louis, Missouri
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Washington (MO) St. Francis Borgia
Career history
As player:
* Detroit Lions (1998–2002)
As coach:
* Bologna Warriors (2007–2009)
Offensive & special teams coordinator
  • Marines Lazio (2009–2011)
    Head coach
  • Italy (2010–2011)
    Head coach
  • Omaha Nighthawks (2011)
    Running backs coach
  • Coastal Carolina (2012–2013)
    Running backs coach and special teams assistant
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2014–2016)
    Assistant special teams coordinator
  • Denver Broncos (2017)
    Special teams coordinator
  • Chicago Bears (2018–present)
    Assistant special teams coordinator
  • Career highlights and awards
    * NCAA Special Teams Player of the Year (1997)
    • Second-team All-Big 12 (1997)
    • Missouri Tigers No. 27 retired
    • Missouri Tigers all-time leading rusher
    Career NFL statistics
    Player stats at

    James Brockman Olivo (born June 24, 1976) is an American football coach and former player who was a running back for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons. He is currently the Assistant Special Teams Coordinator for the NFL's Chicago Bears.[1]

    High school careerEdit

    Born in St. Louis, and raised in Hermann, Missouri, Olivo attended St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington, Missouri, where he rushed for 5,030 yards and 70 touchdowns during his high school career. He led Borgia to an undefeated season and Missouri state championship in 1993, as well as being named "Player of the Year."[2]

    Education and college careerEdit

    Olivo attended the University of Missouri where he earned a degree in English literature.[3] As a member of the football team, Olivo was the first awardee of the Mosi Tatupu Award for the top special teams player in college football. He left as the University of Missouri's career rushing and touchdown leader, but both records have since been broken (twice as of 2008[4]). He was the seventh player in school history to have his jersey retired. He was also tapped into the Mystical Seven secret honor society during his tenure at Mizzou.

    Professional careerEdit

    Olivo went undrafted out of college, but he made the Detroit Lions roster with his tenacious play on their special teams units. Olivo played for 4 seasons on Detroit's league-leading special teams, where he led the team in tackles on special teams in two of his four seasons, as well as being a valuable backup at running back and fullback.

    After retiring from the NFL, Olivo coached and played football for 6 months in Italy with the SS. Lazio Marines (Rome), a team in the top division of Italy's American professional football league. He helped the team to the championship semifinal game for the first time in the team's history, leading the country in rushing and touchdowns. He was also the head coach, offensive coordinator, and special teams assistant for the team.

    Coaching careerEdit

    Olivo served as head coach and offensive coordinator of the Italy national American football team, and lived in Rome before returning to the United States. He was later the running backs coach and special teams assistant for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.

    In 2012, Olivo was hired as an assistant coach, running backs coach, and special teams coach at Coastal Carolina University.

    Following back to back Big South Conference Championships (2012–13) with Coastal Carolina, Olivo was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs to become their assistant special teams coach. On January 24, 2017, he was announced by the Denver Broncos as their Special Teams Coordinator.

    On January 19, 2018, Olivo was hired by the Chicago Bears as a special teams assistant, reuniting him with new head coach Matt Nagy, who was a colleague of Olivo's in Kansas City.[5]

    Personal lifeEdit

    In 2008, Olivo ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Missouri's 9th congressional district, losing the Republican primary to eventual victor Blaine Luetkemeyer.


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