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Head Volleyball Coach Erik Olson placed on paid leave of absence

Chuck Miller/Staff Photographer Head coach Erik Olson talks with his team during a timeout Saturday night in McGuirk Arena. The Chippewas lost in five sets to Bowling Green.

Central Michigan head volleyball coach Erik Olson was placed on a paid leave of absence Tuesday, pending an internal review by faculty personnel services.

CMU Athletic Communications declined to comment on additional information because it is “an ongoing personnel matter,” said Assistant Athletics Director for Communications Rob Wyman in a press release Tuesday.

Central Michigan Life submitted a Freedom of Information Act request Wednesday seeking Olson’s personnel file.

Six players are known to have left the program within the past three years prior to graduation. Three players on the 2014 team, Kylie Copple, Kristen Reenders and Nicole Czehowski, are no longer with the program. Copple is currently a setter for Portland State.

Three other players who have transferred to other universities include Melissa Fuchs to Houston Baptist, Jordan Timmer to George Washington and Andrea Gothard to Michigan State.

Olson signed a contract in 2012 that expires on Dec. 31, 2016. Olson’s contract states that he “must comply with the policies, practices or regulations of the University and the rules and regulations of the NCAA and Mid-American Conference as adopted and approved by the university.”

He is subject to “disciplinary or corrective action” should he violate the policies.

Olson is paid semi-monthly based upon a 12-month salary rate determined by the provisions of the agreement between CMU and the university’s Faculty Association.

Olson was hired in 2004 after serving three seasons as an assistant coach at Miami (Florida). He is 161-183 record as the head coach of the Chippewas.

Assistant coaches Theresa Beeckman, Adam Rollman and Kelly Maxwell will lead the team during their home matches at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday against Ball State and Toledo.

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