Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Drew Olson realized a career long goal on March 12, 2019, when the Concordia University women's basketball team celebrated the program's first ever national title. Olson completed his 15th year as the program's head coach in 2020-21. The program's all-time winningest coach (407-107), Olson guided the Bulldogs to their first-ever national title game appearance in 2015. They reached the same stage again in 2018 and 2019. The team had garnered the No. 1 overall seed at the 2020 national tournament that was canceled before the first round was finished.
Over the past 10 seasons, Olson has directed his teams to a combined 12 GPAC titles (tournament and regular season), 10 national tournament trips, five national semifinal appearances, an overall record of 300-50 and a GPAC mark of 177-31. The 2019-20 (32-2), 2018-19 (35-3), 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 has been ranked in the official NAIA poll in 102 of the past 104 polls.
Olson has led the Bulldogs to national tournament appearances in 13 of the past 14 years. His 13 national tournament trips and 26 national tournament wins are the most among all coaches in the history of Concordia women's basketball. He owns a record of 26-11 at the national championships with a national championship banner and two national runner up finishes. 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 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. A year later, the NAIA awarded Olson with the Phyllis Holmes National Coach of the Year award.
In addition to his 407 overall wins, Olson has compiled a conference mark of 231-68 following the 2020-21 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 while win No. 400 came over Dordt on Feb. 3, 2021.
Over his 15 seasons, Olson has coached nine players who have combined for 17 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 Taylor Cockerill (2021), Philly Lammers (2017-2020), who became the first in program history to earn first or second team All-America honors all four years, and Grace Barry (2020). In addition, Lammers (NAIA Liston Award) and Barry (CoSIDA All-American of the Year) were rewarded with major national awards for their combined work athletically and academically.
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.
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)
2018-19: 35-3 Overall, 19-3 GPAC (T-1st)
2019-20: 32-2 Overall, 21-1 GPAC (1st)
2020-21: 22-9 Overall, 17-5 GPAC)
Total: 407-107 Overall, 231-68 GPAC (15 years)
Hometown: Agate, Colo.
Alma Mater: Regis University
Tae'lor Purdy-Korell completed her sixth season as an assistant women's basketball coach at Concordia University in 2020-21. The 2016-17 season marked her first as a full-time assistant on head coach Drew Olson's staff.
Over the six seasons Purdy-Korell has been on the bench, the Bulldogs have produced a combined record of 181-29 with national tournament appearances each season. The 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 squads each reached at least the national semifinal round and each swept GPAC regular-season and postseason titles. At 36-2 overall, the 2017-18 Bulldogs equaled a school record for most wins in a season. The 2018-19 team then realized the ultimate goal by winning the program's first ever national title. The 2019-20 edition also swept GPAC regular-season/postseason titles and earned the No. 1 overall seed at the national tournament before the event was canceled.
Purdy-Korell put together a distinguished playing career at Regis University in Denver, Colo. Named the 2014 Regis Women’s Athlete of the Year, Tae’lor earned first team all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference three times and received honorable mention All-America recognition while competing at the NCAA Division II level. She averaged 21.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game her senior season and earned numerous additional honors, including selection to all-region and Capital One Academic All-America/All-District teams. In 2015 Tae’lor received the Sportswoman of Colorado College Basketball award.
Following her impressive collegiate career, which saw her total 1,850 points (second in Regis history), Tae’lor played professionally for CBV Binnenland of Barendrecht, Netherlands. She averaged 12 points and six rebounds and had season single-game highs of 29 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
Tae’lor earned numerous degrees from Regis University, including a bachelor of science in biology, a bachelor of arts in Spanish and a master of science in health care administration.
Tae’lor is married to Lance Korell, current men’s basketball assistant coach at Concordia University. They have a daughter named Kan'yon.
Hometown: Seminole, Okla.
Alma Mater: University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma
Kaitlyn Hodgins began her role as Graduate Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach in 2020-21. She immediately transitions to coaching following her graduation from the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma. In her first season with the Bulldogs, the team went 22-9 overall and reached the NAIA national quarterfinals.
Hodgins spent her final two collegiate seasons at Science & Arts after transferring from Northern Oklahoma College. As a member of the Drovers, also an NAIA school, Hodgins played a key role for the basketball team and was twice named Academic All-Sooner Athletic Conference. She served as team captain her senior year. In her time at Northern Oklahoma College, Hodgins garnered numerous honors for her work during the 2017-18 season, including Region 2 All-Conference, NJCAA All-Academic First Team and Female Student-Athlete of the Year accolades. She was also a team captain.
Kaitlyn is the daughter of Shane and Shannon Hodgins and she has three siblings – two brothers (Caleb and Luke) and a sister (Caleson). Kaitlyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Science & Arts. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Administration in Coaching and Athletic Administration.