BRONCOS NAME BROCK OLIVO SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR
The Denver Broncos on Monday named Brock Olivo the team’s special teams coordinator, Head Coach Vance Joseph announced.
“Brock Olivo is an intelligent and accomplished coach who we believe will be very successful as a special teams coordinator,” Joseph said. “Being a former player who was primarily a special-teams player, Brock understands the mindset, work-ethic and importance of this phase of the game.
“Working under Dave Toub in Kansas City, Brock learned from a special coach and has the right experiences as the No. 2 guy that have prepared him to be the coordinator.”
Olivo, who has seven years of NFL experience as a player and coach, recently served as the Chiefs’ assistant special teams coach for the last three seasons (2014-16).
Since 2014, Kansas City has scored seven touchdowns on special teams: three punt returns, two kickoff returns, one fumble return on a kickoff and one fake-punt rush. Three different returners have contributed to the team’s five kickoff or punt return touchdowns, marking the third-best total in the league during the last three seasons.
Kansas City also was one of four teams to not allow a single kickoff or punt return for touchdown during that span. With help from Olivo, the team’s +5 touchdown margin on punts and kickoffs led the AFC.
In 2016, Kansas City led the NFL in punt return average (14.8 ypg) as rookie Tyreek Hill was named a consensus first-team Associated Press All-Pro and a Pro Bowl selection. Hill returned 39 punts for 592 yards (15.2 avg.) with two touchdowns and 14 kickoffs for 384 yards (27.4 avg.) with one touchdown.
The Chiefs also boasted one of the league’s best punt-coverage units with Olivo on staff, ranking third in opponent return average (5.2 ypr).
In the kicking game, kicker Cairo Santos finished the season with the sixth-most points (129) in the league as he connected on 31-of-35 field goal attempts (88.6 pct.) while punter Dustin Colquitt dropped the second-most punts inside the 20-yard line (28).
Before joining the Chiefs, Olivo spent two seasons (2012-13) as an assistant coach with Coastal Carolina University, where he coached the running backs and assisted on special teams. Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro set multiple Coastal Carolina records, rushing 276 times for 1,729 yards (6.3 avg.) with 27 touchdowns.
A native of St. Louis, Olivo spent the 2011 season as running backs coach for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League (UFL). He began his coaching career as head coach and offensive coordinator of the Italian National Football Team (2009-11), while also coaching the S.S. Lazio Marines, a Serie A1 team which competes in Italy’s IFL, the country’s highest level of American football.
Olivo, who entered the NFL with Detroit as a college free agent from the University of Missouri, saw action in 44 games mostly on special teams with the Lions (1998-2001). In his four-year career, Olivo posted 28 special-teams tackles and returned 15 kickoffs for 263 yards (17.5 avg.) in addition to rushing two times for seven yards and catching seven passes for 74 yards (10.6 avg.).
Only the seventh player in Missouri history to have his number (27) retired, Olivo set a school career record with 3,026 rushing yards from 1994-97 and led the team in scoring in three consecutive seasons (1994-96). He was named the inaugural recipient of the Mosi Tatupu Award in 1997, an honor bestowed on college football’s top special-teams player.
A 2000 graduate from Missouri with a degree in English, Olivo moved to Italy following his NFL career, where he played six months for the S.S. Lazio Marines in Rome. He worked for the National Italian American Foundation (2003-06) in Washington, D.C., before returning to Italy and beginning his coaching career.
Born on June 24, 1976, in St. Louis, Olivo is married to Federica and has one daughter, Sofia.