Diaz will serve as the Chanticleer wide receivers coach
Olivo Played five years in Detroit and Has Been Coaching in Italy
Brock Olivo enters his second season at Coastal Carolina after spending the 2011 season as running backs coach, as well as working with the special teams, for the United Football League's Omaha Nighthawks under Chanticleer head coach Joe Moglia. He has the same responsibilities with the Chanticleers.
Olivo helped Coastal running backs Jeremy Height and Marcus Whitener have an impressive 2012 season. Height, who was named second team All-Big South, set a CCU single-season record with 1,635 all-purpose yards while ranking second in the Big South and 40th in the NCAA with an average of 125.77 all-purpose ypg. Also, Height's 921 yards ranks second on the CCU single-season list. Whitener, who missed the first games due to injury, played a key role in the Chanticleers setting a school record by rushing for at least 200 yards in seven straight games (missing an eighth game by 12 yards in a season-ending loss to Old Dominion in the NCAA playoffs). Whitener would rush for seven touchdowns in seven games, carried the ball 62 times for 424 yards and rank third on the CCU single-season list by averaging 6.84 yards per carry. Overall, Coastal rushed for 2,590 yards - second on the CCU single-season list, and the 199.23 rushing yards per game ranked 25th in the NCAA.
Prior to his time in Omaha, he served as head coach and offensive coordinator of the Italian National Football team. He was also the head coach, offensive coordinator and special teams coordinator of a "Serie A1" team, the S.S. Lazio Marines, which competes in Italy's IFL, the highest level of American Football competition in the country.
Olivo began his coaching career after six years of playing professionally, both in the NFL and IFL. He spent five seasons (1998-2002) with the Detroit Lions, serving a running back as well as being captain of the Lions' special teams. The last year of his professional career was spent playing for the S.S. Lazio Marines, where he led the league in rushing and touchdowns.
Olivo is a 1998 graduate of the University of Missouri, receiving his degree in English, creative writing and literature. He was the Big Eight Freshman Offensive Player of the Year in 1994, a two-time All-Big 12 selection and nation's first recipient of the Mosi Tatupu Award, going to college football's top special teams player. Olivo set the Mizzou career record for rushing yards (3,026 from 1994-97) and led the team in scoring in 1994, '95 and '96. Olivo led the Tigers to the 1997 Holiday Bowl, marking the school's first bowl berth since 1983. Later, Olivo became just the seventh player in Missouri football history to have his number (27) retired.
Following his NFL career, Olivo worked three years at the National Italian American Foundation and later enrolled at the University of Bologna's Alma Graduate School of Business, receiving his master's degree in marketing and communications.
Olivo, who has dual Italian citizenship, has a three-year-old daughter, Sofia.