Second Season at UCF
Gerice Olson enters her second year as an assistant coach with the UCF softball team in 2011-12. Olson works primarily with the Knights' outfielders.
Under Olson's guidance, the Knights outfield had a banner year defensively as the starting outfield group made just 4 errors on the season. Senior CF Vanessa Perez was honored with Conference USA Second Team honors and freshman LF Kahley Novak was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team.
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.
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.).