On latest edition, Eric Lopez talks with Gerice Olson who begins her first season as assistant coach at North Dakota State. Among the topics Olson discusses include.
- What made her decide to come back to coach in D1?
- What made her decide to come back to North Dakota State
- How has school changed from when Olson played to present?
- Working with Head Coach Darren Mueller
- Outlook for 2017 Bison season
- Impact of North Dakota State Football success on Softball.
Olson returns to school where she played from 1997-2000 and was one of two seniors on NDSU’s 2000 NCAA Division II national championship team. Olson earned a spot on the national championship and regional all-tournament teams in 2000. Olson was a North Central Conference (NCC) Player of the Week for the Bison, and was a two-time CoSIDA Academic all-district second team selection, a four-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete and earned Academic All-NCC honors.
Olson ranks 7th all-time in the program in games played (239), and doubles(42), while still ranked 4th all-time in triples (10),11th in stolen bases (52),and tied for 15th in total bases (266).
Olson returns to coaching in Division 1 softball after leaving UCF after 2012 season where Olson spent two years as an asst coach under Renee Luers-Gillispie helping leading the Knights to the NCAA Tournament in 2012.
Prior to UCF, Olson spent five years as the head coach at NCAA Division II University of Mary, where she led the Marauders to two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference postseason tournaments.
Olson has spent the past the four years at Buffalo (Minn.) High School. She was an assistant coach for the Buffalo softball team that finished runner-up in the state tournament in 2016. The Bison qualified for the state tournament for the first time in program history in 2015.
The Bison 2017 team is young with only one senior in Alyssa Reina and 10 out of 17 players are either Freshman or sophomores.
North Dakota State will host the Summit League Tournament in Fargo from May 10-13.