**For Immediate Release**
OPSU’s Olson Honored by Heartland Conference
-by Aggie Sports on 04/01/05
Goodwell, OK - Just 12 months ago, Oklahoma Panhandle State University made the decision to hire Jerry Olson as the school’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Athletic Director. Olson had been with the OPSU program a decade earlier before leaving for a successful tenure coaching men’s basketball at Montana State University.
In addition to his administrative duties in athletics, Olson had to work on recruiting players to join a team that had won but two games in the 2003-2004 season and had only one regular returning starter (Jenniza Rosado). Olson and his assistant (Brad Vanden Boogaard), despite a late start in recruiting, worked hard and added several key performers as they went about the business of rebuilding the team.Though the Lady Aggies lost their first six games of the season before picking up a 56–54 road win against Northwestern Oklahoma on December 1, the determination of the team was evident under Olson’s leadership.The coaching staff and the team members worked to put the right combination together and at the outset of the Heartland Conference season, they began to gel as a unit.The OPSU women finished a strong second in the conference standings with a 7-5 record (overall 9-19) and were a formidable team in the second half of the season.Rosado led the league in assists for most of the season, and both Brandi Lewis and Bridgette Boykin were named to the All-Heartland postseason honor teams. Brittany Johnston, Laura Wilson, Mercia Aranda, Amanda Jones, Michelle Kennedy and Diana Garduno all made major contributions to the success of the squad.The Lady Aggies finished the season strongly and were just a single game away from playing for the league championship.As a great conclusion to the 2004-2005 season, it was announced on Thursday that Olson has been named as Co-Coach of the Year in the Heartland Conference. Olson shares the honor with Nyla Milleson of Drury (the league champion).The future paints a bright picture for Lady Aggie basketball under Olson’s guidance. All players but Rosado (the lone senior) are expected back next year and several top recruits appear to be headed toward Goodwell for the 2005-2006 season, as well.
The administration, staff and faculty of Oklahoma Panhandle State University congratulate Olson, as well as the members of his team for their successes and accomplishments.