Drew Olson Athletics
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Drew Olson completed his 12th year as head coach of Concordia University women's basketball in 2017-18. The program's all-time winningest coach (318-93), Olson guided the Bulldogs to their first-ever national title game appearance in 2015. They reached the same stage again in 2018.
Over the past seven seasons, Olson has directed his teams to a combined eight GPAC titles (tournament and regular season), seven national tournament trips, four national semifinal appearances, an overall record of 211-36 and a GPAC mark of 120-22. The 2017-18 (36-2), 2014-15 (35-3), 2016-17 (34-3) and 2011-12 (34-3) squads each eclipsed the 30-win mark. The 2017-18 team equaled a program record for wins in a single season. Concordia completed the 2017-18 season with an active streak of 82-consecutive top 25 rankings.
Olson has led the Bulldogs to national tournament appearances in 10 of the past 11 years. His 10 national tournament trips and 18 national tournament wins are the most among all coaches in the history of Concordia women's basketball. He owns a record of 18-10 at the national championships with two national championship game appearances. Named the 2012, 2017 and 2018 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 has now been tabbed a Women's Basketball Coaches Association region II coach of the year four times (2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018). In March of 2018, Olson was named the United States Marine Corps/WBCA NAIA National Coach of the Year.
In addition to his 318 overall wins, Olson has compiled a conference mark of 174-59 following the 2017-18 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. His 300th triumph occurred Jan. 10, 2018, versus Briar Cliff.
Over his 12 seasons, Olson has coached six players who have combined for 12 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. The most recent All-Americans are Philly Lammers (2017, 2018), who became the first freshman in school history to place on either of the first, second or third team All-America lists, and Quinn Wragge (2018).
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 University 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 sons Jacoby and Quinton.
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)
2015-16: 22-10 Overall, 14-8 GPAC (2nd)
2016-17: 34-3 Overall, 19-1 GPAC (1st)
2017-18: 36-2 Overall, 19-1 GPAC (1st)
Total: 318-93 Overall, 174-59 GPAC (12 years)