Mark Olson has been hired as associate head coach of the McPherson College women’s soccer team and he’ll be working alongside Doug Quint, who is transitioning into his new role as head coach of both the men’s and women’s team.
The announcement was made late this afternoon.
"I want to thank (Mac) President (Michael) Schneider, Doug Quint and the interview team for giving me this opportunity to join the McPherson College family," Olson said. "I look forward to a bright future for the women's soccer program and working with the players and coach Quint."
"Mark is a great hire for this program moving forward," Quint said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. The network he has created through working with one of top organizations within US Soccer is incredible. He has experience working with one of the best coaching staffs assembled and developing top-class players. We are excited to have somebody with that kind of expertise here at McPherson."
Olson most recently has been the head coach for the Sporting Blue Valley Soccer Club — a Sporting Kansas City affiliated organization. His roles and responsibilities included managing and developing players of all ages within the organization.
Olson has roots in this area, as he started his career in 1995 as the head coach of the Newton boys soccer team.
He played soccer at both Allen County Community College and Bethel College from 1993 to 1995. During that time he broke numerous scoring records and until recently was the all-time leading scorer in Allen County Community College history. He was named to the All-Region and All-KCAC teams during his playing career.
Olson holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Wichita State University, which he obtained in 1998.
Olson will move to McPherson with his wife Kelly and their two children, Connor and Erin.