Harms steps away from roles on women's basketball staff and in strength and conditioning

Harms steps away from roles on women’s basketball staff and in strength and conditioning

SEWARD, Neb. – Amy Harms officially announced on Wednesday that she will step away from her roles as Concordia University women’s basketball assistant coach and strength and conditioning coordinator. She will remain a part-time health and human performance instructor at Concordia.

Harms cites family reasons for the decision. She and her husband Nolan recently welcomed a daughter into the world.

“I’m grateful that I’ve been able to devote my time and energy to working with athletes in my career for the last eight years,” Harms said. “With the addition of our daughter Nevaeh, it is a good time for me to focus on being a wife and a mom. I know that I would not be able to give the athletes my best efforts and be the best mom I can be at the same time. I was incredibly thankful for the opportunity to come back to Concordia after having a great student-athlete experience here myself.”

Harms has served as the women’s basketball program’s top assistant for all eight years of current head coach Drew Olson’s tenure. She also spent the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons working for then head coach Todd Voss. During Harms’ 10 years on staff, the Bulldogs went 250-88 with eight national tournament appearances and three GPAC regular-season titles.

“I want to thank Amy for her time, energy, and love that she poured into Concordia University and the women’s basketball program,” Olson said. “She is an incredibly strong Christian role model for our players. She has had a huge impact on me as a coach and I know she impacted hundreds during her service at CU. She will be missed, but thankfully, I know she will still be around the team, giving the love and support to her Bulldogs.”

In addition, Harms spent nearly six years as Concordia’s head men’s and women’s tennis coach, leading the women to an overall record of 53-33 and the men to a mark of 49-43. She was named the GPAC women’s tennis coach of the year in 2008.

The position of assistant women’s basketball coach (including duties as game/event manager for baseball and weight room supervisor) is now open. Details on the position are available here: http://cune.applicantpro.com/jobs/103750.html.

More thoughts from Coach Harms:

It’s been a privilege to work with Drew for so many years. I have a deep respect for him and his determination to continue the success of Concordia women’s basketball. His desire to study the game, his effort to improve his players, and his decision-making in games set him apart. He always showed confidence and respect for me as his assistant.    

With basketball, some were banner years, but each year has its own special memories regardless. It was so good to get to know the players and families that have come through. I still talk to my teammates and players that I have coached, so those connections are always there no matter what your involvement. Although it won’t quite be the same closeness not being involved in the daily activities, I hope to stay close to the program. I am glad I’ll be around campus and still can experience first-hand the energy and excitement that is going on in Bulldog athletics.

29 May 2014

Amy Harms