Former Polk County player and coach Jordan Ollis is the new head football coach at Chadwick School

California dreaming: Jordan Ollis new head football coach of West Coast program

A winning program. A family connection. A beautiful setting.

Jordan Ollis couldn’t ask for much more for the first head football coaching job of his career.

The former Polk County standout has been named the new head football coach at Chadwick School, a private K-12 co-educational day school in Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif.

The youngest son of Polk County head coach Bruce Ollis, Jordan Ollis will take over a Dolphins program that has become accustomed to success in recent years; Chadwick posted a 37-8 record the past four seasons. Ollis plans to keep that winning tradition very much alive.

“I’ve dreamt about a situation like this my entire life,” he said. “The opportunity to come into a prominent and successful program like Chadwick is a situation most first-time head coaches don’t have the luxury of.

Polk County assistant coach Jordan Ollis, left, celebrates with Elijah Sutton after his game-winning touchdown in a 2018 victory at Chase.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to play and coach at all different levels of high school and college football. And I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact that coaches can have on football programs as well as individual players. I plan to use the tools and knowledge I’ve gained along the way and help propel an already successful program to the next level. And win, I also plan to win. A lot.”

A 2015 graduate of Brevard College, where he was a two-time All-American and set a number of school rushing records, Ollis spent one season as a graduate assistant coach at Shorter College. He returned to Polk County as an assistant coach for the 2017-2018 seasons before spending last season as an assistant at Northwest Cabarrus, helping the Trojans to a 12-2 record.

Chadwick School, which boasts an enrollment of just under 900 students and sits on a 45-acre hilltop on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, will offer Ollis a much different scenario than Cabarrus County in many ways, including the fact that the Dolphins play eight-man football. But there will be a touch of the familiar on the West Coast – Ollis’ brother, Austin, is an assistant coach at Chadwick.

“In terms of the transition to eight-man, I am fortunate to have a very good connection to one of the current assistants, my brother Austin, and we have gone into great detail about the changes to expect in the eight-man game,” Ollis said. “At the end of the day, I told him, ‘It’s three less variables to account for.’

“I’ve noticed there is a lot more scoring and the game pace is a little quicker. But same rules, same game.”