Aug. 10, 2010
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By Sarah Tarasewicz
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie announced Tuesday that Gerice Olson has been named an assistant coach for the UCF softball team.
"I am thrilled to welcome Gerice to UCF and to the UCF softball family," Luers-Gillispie said. "She has already had great success as a head coach, which will only serve to push our program to an even higher level. I believe she will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff."
Olson comes to UCF after having spent five years as the head coach at NCAA Division II University of Mary, where she posted an overall record of 133-132 and led the Marauders to two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference postseason tournaments. During her tenure, Olson registered a winning record in four seasons at the helm of the U-Mary squad.
"I am extremely excited and honored to be apart of the UCF softball program," Olson said. "Coach Gillispie has done a fantastic job building this program into a national contender and I am looking forward to the new challenges ahead. I would like to thank Renee and the UCF administration for this wonderful opportunity."
Under Olson's guidance, student-athletes at U-Mary earned two NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-America honors, three NFCA/Louisville Slugger Division II All-North Central Region First Team accolades, three Daktronics Softball All-Central Region selections, 10 NSIC All-Conference honors, one NSIC Rookie of the Year, one NAIA All-Dakota Athletic Conference first team choice, 11 NSIC Players of the Week, 18 NSIC Academic All-Conference honors and 12 NFCA Academic All-Americans.
While in Bismarck, N.D., Olson also served as the Marauders' senior women's administrator and was an instructor.
Olson's head coaching career began in 2004 when she was named the head softball coach at Dakota State University. In only one season with the Trojans, Olson posted a 12-26 record in 2005 and led her team to a sixth place finish in the DAC standings.
Prior to her stint at Dakota State, Olson began her collegiate coaching career as both a graduate assistant and then an assistant coach at South Dakota State University from 2002-04.
Olson served as the head girl's softball coach at Buffalo High School in Minnesota in 2002, while also having been a student assistant coach at North Dakota State, a two-time assistant with USA Athletes International and a camp instructor at both Fastpitch Softball Development and Triple Crown Sports.
Olson played softball at North Dakota State from 1997-2000, where she and the Bison softball team won the 2000 NCAA Division II National Championship, and Olson earned a spot on the national championship all-tournament team. Olson was also named to the NCAA North Central Region All-Tournament Team, was a North Central Conference Player of the Week, a two-time GTE College Division II Academic All-District VII Second Team selection, a four-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete and earned the NCC Academic All-Conference Award during her collegiate playing career at NDSU.
A native of Buffalo, Minn., Olson graduated from North Dakota State in 2000 with a bachelor's of science in physical education, before earning her master's of science in HPER with an emphasis in exercise science from South Dakota State. She is currently pursuing a master's of arts in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University at Irvine (Calif.).