Major Victor M. Olear
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- January 11, 2024
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Victor Olear distinguished himself as a football player after the 1989 season at Lycoming College when he was named a Division III All American as a tight end for the Warriors. Olear played for Coach Frank Girardi for 4 years at the crucial tight end position and would be named the Warrior’s offensive player of the year following the ‘88 and ‘89 seasons. He would contribute 38 catches for 578 yards and 9 scores as a junior, and would follow that up with 54 receptions for 757 yards and 10 TD’s as a senior. His career totals of 99 catches for 1412 yards and 19 scores still rank among the best ever at Lycoming. He would earn first team All-MAC honors for 2 consecutive years and would serve as one of Lyco’s co captains during his senior campaign. He graduated from Lycoming in 1991 with a degree in Criminal Justice and was inducted into the Lycoming College Hall of Fame in 1991.
Olear showed what he would be capable of as a four-year starter for Bob Chesney and the Red Raiders of Lourdes Regional. He would be named honorable mention All State as a sophomore, junior, and senior and was named to the first team All Anthracite Team as a senior. After going 1-10 during his freshman season, Olear helped the Raiders to a 35-10 record during his next three years as a tight end/linebacker. Victor would post 116 receptions for 1751 yards and 21 TD’s during his career ay OLOL – all records at the time and would also establish a season record with 51 catches for 755 yards. He also registered 17 tackles in a game on the way to 112 unassisted tackles in the ‘85 season – both school records.
Following graduation from Lycoming, Victor would graduate from the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in ‘91. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1993 and has participated in Operation Southern Watch over Iraq in 1996, Operation Nalikatan in the Philippines in 2000, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. He is currently serving as the Current Operations Officer for Marine Aircraft Group-29 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC. He has accumulated 3,400 flight hours and 630 Night Vision Goggle hours in the AH-1W nad has flown over 400 combat hours and 33 combat missions in the AH-1W. He has earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Air Medal with numeral “7” denoting 7 strikes. He is the proud father of two boys, Victor Michael Jr and Nicholas Charles.