Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Drew Olson, Head Coach
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 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, coached girl’s basketball at the high school level for over 20 years. Drew’s brother, Jarrod, is also in the college coaching ranks, recently taking over as head women’s coach at Florida Southern College after serving as an assistant at Creighton University.
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)
Amy Harms, assistant coach
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 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.
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 also the head tennis coach and 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
Thad Sankey, graduate assistant coach
Sankey began his first season as the women's basketball graduate assistant coach in 2012-13.
Sankey graduated from Concordia in 2006 with a degree in Secondary Education. He was a member of the Bulldog men’s basketball team from 2002-06, serving as a captain his junior and senior years. The Concordia men’s team made two trips to the NAIA National Tournament during Sankey’s career, finishing in the round of eight in 2003, and as national runner-up in 2005.
After his playing career, Sankey was a graduate assistant on Bulldog men's basketball coach Grant Schmidt’s staff for the 2006-07 season, followed by five years of junior high and high school coaching experience at Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy in Broken Arrow, Okla.
Thad and his wife Sarah live in Seward with their two sons, Eli and Micah.