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 13th year as the program's head coach in 2018-19. The program's all-time winningest coach (353-96), Olson guided the Bulldogs to their first-ever national title game appearance in 2015. They reached the same stage again in 2018 and 2019.
Over the past eight seasons, Olson has directed his teams to a combined 10 GPAC titles (tournament and regular season), eight national tournament trips, five national semifinal appearances, an overall record of 246-39 and a GPAC mark of 139-25. The 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 completed the 2018-19 season with an active streak of 90-consecutive top 25 rankings.
Olson has led the Bulldogs to national tournament appearances in 11 of the past 12 years. His 11 national tournament trips and 23 national tournament wins are the most among all coaches in the history of Concordia women's basketball. He owns a record of 23-10 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 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. A year later, the NAIA awarded Olson with the Phyllis Holmes National Coach of the Year award.
In addition to his 353 overall wins, Olson has compiled a conference mark of 193-62 following the 2018-19 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 13 seasons, Olson has coached eight players who have combined for 14 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 (2017-2019), who became the first in program history to earn first or second team All-America honors three years in a row to begin a career, and Taylor Cockerill (2019).
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.
Hometown: Agate, Colo. Alma Mater: Regis University
Tae'lor Purdy-Korell completed her fourth season as an assistant women's basketball coach at Concordia University in 2018-19. The 2016-17 season marked her first as a full-time assistant on head coach Drew Olson's staff.
Over the four seasons Purdy-Korell has been on the bench, the Bulldogs have produced a combined record of 127-18. 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.
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.
Taylor Jacobsen joined the women’s basketball staff beginning with the 2018-19 season. The campaign saw the Bulldogs win GPAC regular-season and postseason championships and then the first NAIA national title in program history.
Jacobsen played for the Concordia University-Chicago women’s basketball team, where she was a first team all-conference selection her junior and senior seasons. She was also named to the CIT All-Tournament Team her junior and senior seasons. Additionally, Jacobsen tied the record for most field goals scored in a single game at CUC, and is part of the program's 1000-point club.
Taylor has coached ages fourth through sixth grade for feeder teams throughout West Aurora High School area.
Taylor is the daughter of Terry and Jennifer Jacobsen and has four sisters and one brother. Taylor earned her bachelor’s in exercise science and will be pursuing a masters in athletic administration.