Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Hometown: 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.
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.
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)
2014-15: 35-3 Overall, 18-2 GPAC (2nd)
Total: 226-78 Overall, 122-49 GPAC (9 years)
Debi Smith completed her first season as graduate assistant women's basketball coach at Concordia University in 2013-14. She finished her first season as a full-time assistant in 2014-15.
During Smith's two seasons as an assistant at Concordia, the Bulldogs have gone a combined 60-10 with trips to the national tournament both years. The 2014-15 Bulldogs became the first in program history to reach the national championship game.
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 completed her first season as an assistant on the Concordia University women's basketball staff in 2014-15. 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.