Brock Olivo enters his second season as the Bears assistant special teams coach after being hired on January 19, 2018. He came to the Bears after serving as the special teams coordinator with the Denver Broncos in 2017. Prior to that, Olivo worked alongside Nagy in Kansas City from 2014-16 as the Chiefs’ assistant special teams coach.
Under Olivo’s direction, Pat O’Donnell recorded his second highest gross punt average (45.0) and tied his career high in net punting average (39.7) in 2018. Cody Parkey also earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors Week 11 division win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football. As a unit, the Bears led the NFL with seven punt returns of 20+ yards and were one of three teams (Ind and NO) in 2018 to not allow a punt return of 20+ yards.
During his time in Kansas City the Chiefs were one of just four teams that did not allow a touchdown on a kickoff or punt return. Kansas City also ranked third in the league in touchdowns scored on kickoff or punt returns (5) with a plus-5 touchdown differential that was second in the NFL in that span.
Prior to arriving in Kansas City, Olivo spent two seasons (2012-13) as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina where he coached running backs and assisted on special teams. Under Olivo’s tutelage at Coastal Carolina the Chanticleers averaged 199.2 rushing yards per game, ranking 25th in the Football Championship Subdivision in 2012. In 2013 Coastal Carolina ranked eighth among FCS teams, averaging 252.1 rushing yards per game.
Before arriving at Coastal Carolina, Olivo spent the 2011 season as running backs coach for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League (UFL). Prior to that, Olivo 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 the S.S. Lazio Marines, a Serie A1 team which competes in Italy’s IFL, the country’s highest level of American football.
Olivo also spent four seasons as a player with the Detroit Lions from 1998-2001, serving as a running back and special teams player where he twice led the team in special teams tackles.
A 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri, Olivo set the then-school career record for rushing yards with 3,026 from 1994-97 and led the team in scoring in three straight seasons from 1994-96. Olivo was also the nation’s first recipient of the Mosi Tatupu Award, an honor bestowed on college football’s top special teams player. He became just the seventh player in Missouri football history to have his number (27) retired.