Women's Basketball Coaching Staff

Drew Olson

Head Women's Basketball Coach

180-Drew_Olson.jpgHometown: Omaha, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

Drew Olson completed his ninth year as head coach of Concordia University women's basketball in 2014-15. The program's all-time winningest coach (226-78), Olson guided the Bulldogs to their first-ever national title game appearance in 2015.

Over the past four seasons, Olson has directed his teams to a combined four GPAC titles (tournament and regular season), four national tournament trips, two national semifinal appearances, an overall record of 119-21 and a GPAC mark of 68-12. Both the 2014-15 (35-3) and 2011-12 (34-3) squads eclipsed the 30-win mark. Concordia completed the 2014-15 season with an active streak of 52-consecutive top 25 rankings.

Olson has led the Bulldogs to national tournament appearances in seven of the past eight years. His seven national tournament trips and 11 national tournament wins are the most among all coaches in the history of Concordia women's basketball. He owns a record of 11-7 at the national championships with one national championship game, two semifinal and two quarterfinal appearances. Named the 2012 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's twice been tabbed a Women's Basketball Coaches Association region II coach of the year (2012 and 2015).

In addition to his 226 overall wins, Olson has compiled a conference mark of 122-49 following the 2014-15 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 nine seasons, Olson has coached five players who have combined for nine 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.

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.

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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)

2014-15: 35-3 Overall, 18-2 GPAC (2nd)

Total:  226-78 Overall, 122-49 GPAC (9 years)

Marty Kohlwey

Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Marty-Kohlwey-IMG_0759-2.jpgHometown: Grafton, Wis.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

Martin Kohlwey begins his second stint as an assistant on the women's basketball staff in 2015-16. He has 11 total years of coaching experience at Concordia, including 10 as part of the men's basketball staff.

An assistant coach for the Concordia men’s basketball team from 1999-2006 following one season as a Concordia women's basketball assistant, Kohlwey also spent five years as the director of student life at Concordia.

During his six seasons as an assistant for the Concordia men from 1999-2006, Kohlwey helped guide the Bulldogs to a combined record of 128-63 and three trips to the NAIA National Tournament. Kohlwey was part of the coaching staff that led Concordia to a national runner-up finish and a record of 32-6 in 2005, a national quarterfinal finish in 2003 and a national round of 16 appearance in 2001.

Kohlwey began his collegiate coaching career in 1983-84 when he served as an assistant for Concordia University, Wisconsin. He then became the head boy's basketball coach at Rockford (Ill.) Lutheran High School (1984-1992, 1995-98), where he compiled a record of 182-110, including a mark of 132-43 over his final six seasons.

While at Lutheran High School, Kohlwey won four conference championships, three regional titles, one sectional championship, one super sectional title and made one Elite Eight appearance. He was named Illinois High School Athletic Association District 11 Coach of the Year three times and coached two eventual NCAA Division I athletes.

In addition to his coaching career, Kohlwey also played for the Bulldogs from 1979-83. He was co-captain of the 1982-83 team and collected Nebraska College All-Star honors. Following his collegiate playing career, Kohlwey was invited to try out for the CBA Rockford Lightning, a professional basketball team.

He holds his bachelor’s from Concordia University, Nebraska, in theology and physical education. He also went on to earn his master’s in family life education and ministry in 1998 from Concordia University, Nebraska.

He and his wife Sue have three children: Stephanie, Kirsten and Micah. Marty and Sue also have four grandchildren: Allie, Emma, Ava and Eleanor.

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Abby Mendlik

Graduate Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Hometown: Denison, Iowa
Alma Mater: Grand View University

Abby Mendlik begins her first season as graduate assistant coach for Concordia University women’s basketball in 2015-16. Mendlik most recently assisted the women’s basketball program at AIB College of Business in Des Moines, Iowa.

Prior to her one season at AIB, the Denison, Iowa, native spent one year as a student assistant at her alma mater, Grand View University. As a key two-year contributor for the Vikings, Mendlik helped Grand View to two Midwest Collegiate Conference regular-season titles, two MCC tournament championships and two-straight appearances in the national tournament. Mendlik’s Grand View teams made a trip to the national quarterfinals and a second-round appearance. That success followed an Elite Eight advancement at the University of Sioux Falls prior to her transfer to Grand View.

As a senior, Mendlik started 28 games, served as a team captain and posted averages of 32 minutes, 5.8 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds. She earned MCC honorable mention all-conference. As a freshman at Sioux Falls, Mendlik played in 32 games and made four starts.

Mendlik received her bachelor of the arts in health promotion from Grand View. She is pursuing a master’s in public health from Concordia University.