Drew Olson Athletics
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Drew Olson completed his 11th year as head coach of Concordia University women's basketball in 2016-17. The program's all-time winningest coach (282-91), Olson guided the Bulldogs to their first-ever national title game appearance in 2015.
Over the past six seasons, Olson has directed his teams to a combined six GPAC titles (tournament and regular season), six national tournament trips, three national semifinal appearances, an overall record of 175-34 and a GPAC mark of 101-21. The 2014-15 (35-3), 2016-17 (34-3) and 2011-12 (34-3) squads each eclipsed the 30-win mark. Concordia completed the 2016-17 season with an active streak of 74-consecutive top 25 rankings.
Olson has led the Bulldogs to national tournament appearances in nine of the past 10 years. His nine national tournament trips and 14 national tournament wins are the most among all coaches in the history of Concordia women's basketball. He owns a record of 14-9 at the national championships with one national championship game, three semifinal and two quarterfinal appearances. Named the 2012 and 2015 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 three times (2012, 2015 and 2017).
In addition to his 282 overall wins, Olson has compiled a conference mark of 155-58 following the 2016-17 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 11 seasons, Olson has coached six players who have combined for 10 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-American was Philly Lammers (2016-17), who became the first freshman in school history to place on either of the first, second or third team All-America lists.
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)
Total: 282-91 Overall, 155-58 GPAC (11 years)