Seahawks hire Olsen as head women’s tennis coach

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Hans Olsen. Photo courtesy UNCW Athletics.
Hans Olsen. Photo courtesy UNCW Athletics.

Hans Olsen, who has guided tennis programs at three different NCAA Division I institutions to a combined eight NCAA Tournament appearances, has been named the 13th head women’s tennis coach in UNCW history.

Olsen was interim head coach at North Carolina Central in 2014-15 after heading up the programs at N.C. State (2001-14) and Charleston Southern (1996-2001). He steps into the position after John Ware worked as interim head coach last spring.

“We’re very excited about Hans joining the Seahawk family,” said UNCW Athletic Director Jimmy Bass. “He brings extensive NCAA Division I head coaching experience to a program that has tremendous potential. He has excellent teaching credentials and a terrific recruiting network that will be highly beneficial as our program continues to grow and prosper.”

Olsen brings a wealth of experience to the coast, with four conference championships, eight NCAA Tournament appearances and 280 match wins under his belt in 19 seasons as a head coach. He boasts the highest winning percentage as a head coach at both N.C. State and CSU.

“I am very excited to join the Seahawk family,” said Olsen, who starts officially on Aug. 3. “I would like to thank Jimmy Bass and Deputy A.D. Adrienne Swinney for this incredible opportunity.

“It’s an honor to be chosen to lead a program that has tremendous potential. The supportive atmosphere, beautiful campus, strong academics and ideal location for tennis development will allow us to achieve a healthy balance of academic success and highly competitive tennis. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to take a competitive program to new heights.”

A native of Atlanta, Olsen was a four-year standout at Charleston Southern from 1988-92, earning two-time All-Big South honors as the Buccaneers’ top player. The two-time MVP completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from CSU in 1992.

Olsen and his wife, Amy, have three children, Anders, Annika and Aksel.