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Jerry Olson Curt Connor

**For Immediate Release**
Thanks Jerry and Curt for Great Seasons
by Aggie Sports on 03/06/06

Goodwell, Okla.-  Two years ago, the men’s and women’s basketball seasons closed with the Oklahoma Panhandle State teams winning a combined total of four games. With the goal of turning both programs around, the school hired two experience coaches during the off-season.

Curt Connor, then head coach at Triton Junior College in Ill., was named the men’s coach. Jerry Olson was selected to head the women’s program. Olson, an assistant coach in the successful men’s basketball program at Montana State, had served as the Lady Aggie coach a decade earlier and led the team to several successful seasons.

With the new head coaches at the helm in the 2004-2005 season, the excitement of winning returned to Oscar Williams Fieldhouse as both teams finished strong and qualified for the Heartland Conference post-season tournaments. The Lady Aggies finished with an 8-20 overall record, and the Aggies posted a 9-19 mark.

In the 2005-2006 campaign, both teams succeeded in improving their records. Olson led the Lady Aggies to a 15-14 mark, and the Aggies went 10-18 in Connor’s second year. Each team advanced to the conference tournament. The men lost in the semi-finals to Montana State-Billings, 80-67. The Lady Aggies went to the Heartland Conference finals, but lost a tough game to St. Mary’s, 69-64.

The combined home court record for the teams was 18-6 this year.

The two-year upward climb featured leadership from several dedicated young women. The seniors in the Lady Aggie program are Bridgett Boykin, Laura Wilson, Brandi Lewis, Michelle Kennedy, and Diana Garduno.

The seniors on the men’s squad are Juan Carson, Angelo Delguidice, Jose Yarid, Tim Anderson, Eddie Moss, William Preston, Nick Malinowski and Aaron Harrison.

Thanks to all the members of the OPSU basketball teams for a fun year, and special thanks to the seniors for their hard work and dedication. Thanks to Jerry Olson and Curt Connor for bringing exciting college basketball back to OPSU.

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