Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Drew Olson completed his eighth year as head coach of the Concordia University women's basketball program in 2013-14. Olson enjoyed his best season at the helm of the Bulldogs in 2011-12 as Concordia finished 34-3 overall and captured both the Great Plains Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles. The Bulldogs then advanced to the Fab Four at the national tournament for the third time in school history and finished ranked No. 3 in the postseason national ranking.
Olson has led the Bulldogs to national tournament appearances in six of the past seven years. His six national tournament trips are the most among all coaches in the history of Concordia women's basketball. He owns a record of 7-6 at the national championships with one semifinal and two quarterfinal appearances.
Olson has compiled an overall record of 191-75 with a conference mark of 104-47 following the 2013-14 season. Only Carl Everts (195 wins) has more victories in program history. Olson picked up his 100th career win on Dec. 31, 2010, when Concordia defeated Bethany College. He became the first coach in program history to reach 100 GPAC wins when he oversaw a win at Mount Marty on Feb. 1, 2014.
Concordia's co-GPAC regular-season championship in 2013-14 marked the second league title in the last three years for Olson. The Bulldogs' GPAC mark of 50-10 over the past three seasons is best in the conference.
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 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 son Jacoby.
Contact Coach Olson
- 402-643-7335 (office) • Drew.Olson@cune.edu
Bulldogs Under Coach Olson
2006-07: 19-13 Overall, 10-8 GPAC
2007-08: 26-7 Overall, 13-6 GPAC
2008-09: 26-9 Overall, 14-4 GPAC
2009-10: 21-11 Overall, 11-7 GPAC
2010-11: 15-17 Overall, 6-12 GPAC
2011-12: 34-3 Overall, 18-2 GPAC (1st)
2012-13: 25-7 Overall, 16-4 GPAC
2013-14: 25-8 Overall, 16-4 GPAC (T-1st)
Total: 191-75 Overall, 104-47 GPAC (8 years)
Debi Smith completed her first season as graduate assistant women's basketball coach at Concordia University in 2013-14. She enters her first season as a full-time assistant in 2014-15.
Smith (maiden name Johnson) enjoyed an impressive career on the hardwood at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where she amassed 1,432 career points between 2008 and 2012. That total ranks 10th all-time in Loper history. Her 195 career 3-point field goals places her third all-time and her 78.2 career free throw percentage ranks fourth in school history.
The Elsie, Neb., native earned numerous accolades during her playing career, including all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) honors in each of her four seasons and 2009 RMAC Freshman of the Year billing. In addition, she was a Capital One Academic All-District selection.
The Loper star graduated from Nebraska-Kearney with a degree in exercise science while minoring in health science. She is pursuing her master’s in business administration/health care administration at Concordia.
As a prep standout, Smith led Perkins County High School to a 24-0 record and C-2 Nebraska state title in 2008. That followed a 22-1 season that included a runner-up state finish in 2007.
Debi is married to Brandon Smith.
Contact Coach Smith
- 402-643-7381 (office) • Debra.Smith@cune.edu
Kristen Conahan is in her first season as an assistant on the Concordia University women's basketball staff. Conahan serves as a varsity assistant and junior varsity head coach.
Conahan graduated from Concordia in May 2014 with degrees in accounting and business administration. During a distinguished career as a Bulldog, Conahan compiled 1,656 points, 291 steals, 286 rebounds, 285 assists and a school record 323 3-point field goals over 121 career games. She was twice named an NAIA All-American (2013: first team; 2012: second team) and twice earned first team all-GPAC recognition.
One of the program's all-time greats, Conahan led the 2012-13 team to a 34-3 overall record, GPAC regular-season and tournament titles and an appearance in the national tournament semifinals. She was named to the NAIA all-tournament team for her play on the national stage. During her four-year run, Conahan helped the Bulldogs to a combined 99-35 record, two GPAC regular-season titles and three berths in the national tournament.