Hometown: Omaha, Neb. Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Drew Olson completed his 11th year as head coach of Concordia University women's basketball in 2016-17. The program's all-time winningest coach (282-91), Olson guided the Bulldogs to their first-ever national title game appearance in 2015.
Over the past six seasons, Olson has directed his teams to a combined six GPAC titles (tournament and regular season), six national tournament trips, three national semifinal appearances, an overall record of 175-34 and a GPAC mark of 101-21. The 2014-15 (35-3), 2016-17 (34-3) and 2011-12 (34-3) squads each eclipsed the 30-win mark. Concordia completed the 2016-17 season with an active streak of 74-consecutive top 25 rankings.
Olson has led the Bulldogs to national tournament appearances in nine of the past 10 years. His nine national tournament trips and 14 national tournament wins are the most among all coaches in the history of Concordia women's basketball. He owns a record of 14-9 at the national championships with one national championship game, three semifinal and two quarterfinal appearances. Named the 2012 and 2015 GPAC coach of the year, Olson garnered midlands/state college coach of the year honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald in 2015. He has now been tabbed a Women's Basketball Coaches Association region II coach of the year three times (2012, 2015 and 2017).
In addition to his 282 overall wins, Olson has compiled a conference mark of 155-58 following the 2016-17 season. On Nov. 12, 2014, Olson surpassed Carl Everts (195 wins) for most victories in program history. Olson later picked up his 200th career win when the Bulldogs topped Doane on Dec. 3, 2014.
Over his 11 seasons, Olson has coached six players who have combined for 10 All-America awards. Bailey Morris (2011-15) won back-to-back GPAC player of the year awards (first in program history), was twice named first team All-America and became Concordia's first-ever NAIA Division II National Player of the Year. Morris ended her career as the program's all-time leading scorer. The most recent All-American was Philly Lammers (2016-17), who became the first freshman in school history to place on either of the first, second or third team All-America lists.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Olson was a three-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs in both basketball and tennis. During his basketball career he helped the Bulldogs make two NAIA National Tournament appearances, win three Concordia Invitational Tournament (CIT) titles and capture a GPAC tournament championship.
He was honored individually as an NAIA All-America honorable mention selection and a NAIA Scholar-Athlete. He was also a GPAC All-Conference selection and the Concordia Athlete of the Year in 2003. Olson’s coaching resume includes a stop at Bellevue University (Bellevue, Neb.) where he served as an assistant men’s basketball coach for three seasons.
During Olson’s time at Bellevue, the Bruins compiled a record of 74-21 and made three NAIA national tournament appearances, finishing as national runner-up once. In addition, they won two Midlands College Athletic Conference (MCAC) regular season and tournament titles.
Coaching is a familiar career choice for the members of the Olson family as his father, Rich, has coached girl’s basketball at the high school level for more than 30 years. Drew’s brother, Jarrod, is also in the college coaching ranks, taking over as head women’s coach at California Baptist University in 2012 after six seasons as head coach at Florida Southern College.
Drew and his wife M'Leigh reside in Seward with their daughter Adelyn and sons Jacoby and Quinton.
Hometown: Agate, Colo. Alma Mater: Regis University
Tae'lor Purdy-Korell completed her second season as an assistant women's basketball coach at Concordia University in 2016-17. The 2016-17 season marked her first as a full-time assistant on head coach Drew Olson's staff.
Over the two seasons Purdy-Korell has been on the bench, the Bulldogs have produced a combined record of 56-13. The 2016-17 squad became the fifth team in program history to advance to the national semifinals. Concordia also won GPAC regular season and tournament championships.
Purdy-Korell put together a distinguished playing career at Regis University in Denver, Colo. Named the 2014 Regis Women’s Athlete of the Year, Tae’lor earned first team all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference three times and received honorable mention All-America recognition while competing at the NCAA Division II level. She averaged 21.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game her senior season and earned numerous additional honors, including selection to all-region and Capital One Academic All-America/all-district teams. In 2015 Tae’lor received the Sportswoman of Colorado College Basketball award.
Following her impressive collegiate career, which saw her total 1,850 points (second in Regis history), Tae’lor played professionally for CBV Binnenland of Barendrecht, Netherlands. She averaged 12 points and six rebounds and had season single-game highs of 29 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
Tae’lor earned numerous degrees from Regis University, including a bachelor of science in biology, a bachelor of arts in Spanish and a master of science in health care administration.
Tae’lor is married to Lance Korell, current men’s basketball assistant coach at Concordia University.
Hometown: Holyoke, Colorado Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Erin Vieselmeyer joins head coach Drew Olson’s staff after spending the previous four seasons as a member of the Concordia women’s basketball program.
Vieselmeyer provided a steady post presence off the bench for national tournament teams in 2015-16 and 2016-17. She averaged 6.1 points and 3.6 rebounds for the 2016-17 squad that won GPAC regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the national semifinals. The native of Holyoke, Colo., tallied 387 points and 213 rebounds in 66 career varsity games. She was a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete and an honorable mention All-GPAC selection as a senior.
Vieselmeyer earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and is pursuing a master’s in healthcare administration. She has worked Concordia’s annual summer camps for three years and has lent her services to on-site camps during the summers of 2016 and 2017.
Erin is the daughter of Erik and Michelle Vieselmeyer. Her younger sister Megan is a junior on the women’s basketball team. Erin also has a younger sister Kristin.