SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia University women’s basketball program has announced the promotion of Tae’lor Purdy-Korell, who will assume the role of full-time assistant coach for Drew Olson’s program. Purdy-Korell served the national tournament qualifying Bulldog women’s basketball team in 2015-16 on a part-time coaching basis. She has been tabbed to fill the position held by Marty Kohlwey, who is set to transition into the Director of Campus Ministry and Senior Theology Teacher at Lutheran High School in Parker, Colo. His final day at Concordia will be June 30.
Purdy-Korell, a Regis University alum, put together an impressive playing career before arriving in Seward. She was named to the all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference first team three times and received honorable mention All-America honors. In her senior season, Tae’lor averaged 21.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Regis University is a NCAA Division II program in Denver, Colo. Following her collegiate career, she played professionally for CBV Binnenland of Barendrecht, Netherlands. There, she averaged 12 points and six rebounds a game.
Purdy-Korell will be splitting duties between coaching and being a first-year academic advisor. The advising duties will include working with freshmen and first-year students to help transition into college life as well as assisting in class registration and determination of field of study. Her official start date at Concordia is slated for July 6.
Tae’lor’s husband is Lance Korell, the Concordia men’s basketball assistant coach.
Statement from Tae’lor Purdy-Korell, assistant women’s basketball coach
I am extremely blessed for the opportunity to serve as a full-time assistant coach under Coach Olson and the women’s basketball program. Coach Olson has built a successful program over the past years with his knowledge and passion for the game, and has created a championship culture that I am eager to be a part of, learn from and contribute to. I look forward to working for a university that focuses on growing relationships with students while encouraging them to be Christian leaders in their school, communities and future careers. Go Bulldogs!
Statement from Drew Olson, head women’s basketball coach
I am really excited about making Tae’lor our full-time assistant coach. She is an incredibly hard worker, understands the game, and will be a great Christian role model for our players. I think Tae’lor will do a great job connecting with our team and recruits because of her recent playing experiences. Tae’lor was extremely helpful in a limited role this past year and I know she can bring so much more to the team as a full time assistant. She has a great drive and passion for basketball. I love that she is in it for the right reasons – to be a positive impact of Christ on others.