Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Drew Olson entered his seventh year as head coach of the Concordia University women's basketball program in 2012-13. 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 five of the past six years. His five national tournament trips are the most among all coaches in the history of Concordia women's basketball. He owns a record of 7-5 at the national championships with one semifinal and two quarterfinal appearances.
Olson has compiled an overall record of 166-67 with a conference mark of 88-43 following the 2012-13 season. Only Carl Everts (195 wins) has more victories in program history. Olson picked up his 100th career win on December 31, 2010, when Concordia defeated Bethany College by the score of 72-47. The Bulldogs' GPAC mark of 34-6 over the past two 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 over 20 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.
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
2012-13 - 25-7 Overall, 16-4 GPAC
Total: 166-67 Overall, 88-43 GPAC (seven years)
Hometown: Collinsville, Ill.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Amy Harms began as the top assistant coach for the Concordia University women's basketball team in 2006.
Harms graduated from Concordia with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education in 2004 and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction in 2005. A former player and graduate assistant coach for the Bulldogs, Harms was an All-GPAC selection and a member of the Bulldog squad that won an NAIA record 33-straight games and program record 36 games in a season.
She was also an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. While a graduate assistant for two years, she served as the junior varsity coach.
In addition, Harms serves as the director of strength and conditioniong. She is a health and human performance instructor at Concordia.
Amy and her husband, Nolan, reside in Seward.
Contact Coach Harms
- 402-643-7381 (office) • Amy.Harms@cune.edu
Debi Smith enters her first season as graduate assistant women's basketball coach at Concordia University in 2013-14.
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.
Debi and her husband, Brandon, reside in Seward.
Contact Coach Smith