Dr. Todd Olsen | Head Coach
Dr. Todd Olsen completed his 23rd season at Lynchburg College in 2016. Olsen has built a perennial conference and regional powerhouse and a consistent NCAA postseason tournament participant, capping it off with a national title in 2014.
Olsen led the 2014 Hornets to a 27-0-1 record, tying for the most wins in Division III history en route to the national championship. He was named ODAC, state, regional, and national Coach of the Year for his efforts. His team produced three All-Americans in the 2014 campaign, while sitting atop the national leaders in defense and scoring the entire season.
Since his arrival, the Hornets have posted 20 winning campaigns and have advanced to the NCAA Tournament 15 of the past 18 seasons. In 2000, Dr. Olsen led his team to the school’s first ever NCAA Tournament win for either men or women. Since 2000, his squads have been to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament (2009, 2014), the Elite Eight four times, and the Sweet 16 seven times. Under Olsen’s leadership, his teams have won more than 362 games. Also during his tenure, the squad has produced 72 all-region, 84 all-state, 153 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), five Academic All- Americans, and 13 NCAA All-Americans.
A native of Pittsburgh, Olsen received his bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education in 1985 from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pa., where he was a two-time Academic All-America selection. After graduation, Olsen traveled to England and attended Loughborough University, earning his master’s degree in 1987 after completing a comprehensive soccer coaching regimen. In 1992, Olsen rounded out his academic career at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a master’s degree in public health and a Ph.D. in epidemiology.
Aside from on-the-field coaching and classroom teaching, Olsen is actively involved with service and study abroad projects both locally and globally. He has taken the women’s soccer team on soccer/service trips to Argentina and Costa Rica. In addition, he has partnered with Sports Outreach Institute and serves in a volunteer role as the Community Public Health Epidemiologist. He has traveled to Africa multiple times in this role, where he is able to utilize his unique background as soccer coach and epidemiologist. He has developed and implemented community health workshops and programs on community public health issues in Kenya and Uganda. His work has helped serve some of the world’s poorest people with these training sessions.
In 2012, Olsen was inducted into the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame, which honors his philanthropic and coaching achievements. In the fall of 2012, he was inducted into the Slippery Rock University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Tony Dulak | Associate Head Coach
Anthony “Tony” Dulak enters his seventh year as Dr. Todd Olsen’s assistant for the Lynchburg College women’s soccer program. Over the previous six seasons, the program has secured five Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships and achieved an overall record of 124-11-11 and a conference record of 60-1-7. Dulak is responsible for assisting in all facets of the program, including the recruiting, designing individual player development sessions, practice planning and coaching, scouting, ensuring student-athlete well-being, monitoring academic progress of student-athletes, and administrative duties, including arranging travel, fostering family and alumni relations, and fundraising.
Dulak has been selected as a United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 member for the 2017-18 season. Launched in 2013, the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 Program is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for 30 up-and-comers who have made soccer coaching their career of choice.
The Hornets have not missed an NCAA tournament in Dulak’s time on staff. This includes an NCAA Division III national championship in 2014, when the team finished with a record of 27-0-1. The team tied the Divsion III record for wins in a season and shutouts in a season (23), while scoring 122 goals. This also included an 18 game shutout streak, which is the third longest in Division III history. Dessi Dupuy finished her career as a two time All-American and finished with 105 goals ranking ninth all-time in Division III history. Angela Bosco earned the program’s first National Player of the Year award with 30 goals and 14 assists. The team finished in the top five nationally for goals-against average, total points, winning percentage, shutout percentage, save percentage, and scoring.
In 2016, the team completed the year with a record of 15-3-3 and played in the second round of the NCAA tournament. It was the 10th consecutive year the program competed in the NCAA tournament and the 17th overall for the program. The team finished second in the nation for goals-against average and fifth in shutout percentage. For her defensive effort, Emily Maxwell earned her second All-American honor and picked up a first-team All-South Region selection. Marina Clark joined Maxwell on the all-region team, five Hornets earned all-state honors, and eight student-athletes earned All-ODAC honors.
The 2015 season saw the team earn a record of 20-3-2, won its 14th ODAC title, and played in the NCAA tournament second round. The team finished fifth in the nation with 85 goals, seventh in goals-against average, and eighth in shutout percentage. Emily Maxwell and Jade Woll each earned All-American honors, four Hornets were selected to the All- South Region team, six players earned All-State, and eight student-athletes earned All-ODAC selections.
The 2013 team finished with a record of 22-2, earning a postseason ranking of No. 17 and making it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The team finished tops in the country in scoring and fifth in winning percentage. Rachel Sadowski and Dupuy each earned All-American honors, and Sadowski capped off her career by being one of 30 finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
The 2012 team reached the Sweet 16, a national ranking of No. 11, and compiled a record of 21-1-3. Lynchburg had one of the best offenses and defenses in the country, finishing fourth in the country in shutout percentage and scoring offense. Sadowski earned her first All-American Honor.
In Dulak’s first season, 2011, the team won its 10th ODAC Championship and earned the right to host the first and second round of the NCAA tournament. Brittany Klippstein was named All-American and the team finished third in scoring offense and fourth in goals-against average.
Dulak has assisted in the development of one NSCAA National Player of the Year, nine All-Americans, four Academic All-Americans, 24 All-Region Selections, 31 All-State Selections, including two All-State Rookie of the Year and five All-State Player of the Year. Additionally, the program has had 48 All-ODAC selections, which includes two Rookie of the Year and four Player of the Year awards.
During his time as Coach Olsen’s assistant, Dulak has journeyed twice on missions’ trips with Sports Outreach Institute to Uganda and Kenya. He assisted in the implementation of a coaching and health curriculum and lead coaching seminars to train youth coaches in Gulu, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya on modern youth soccer coaching methodologies that would enable coaches to impact their communities on and off the field.
During his four years at Lynchburg College, Dulak played for coach Chris Yeager and the Lynchburg College men’s team, helping the Hornets earn back-to-back ODAC championships and NCAA tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010. The program won its first-ever NCAA tournament victory in 2009 and made an appearance in the Division III national championship match against Messiah College in 2010. Dulak is a multiple All-ODAC Academic honoree and a multiple dean’s list and athletic director’s honor roll member. Dulak graduated from LC in 2011 with a B.A. in international relations with a concentration in African studies and a minor in economics. In 2011, Lynchburg College recognized him as its recipient of the 2011 Leadership Award, because of his commitment to improving the student experience at LC as a Connection Leader and Enrollment Student Ambassador. In 2014, he completed his M.Ed. in educational leadership with a GPA of 3.92.
A native of Fort Carson, Colo., and the son of a U.S. Army family, Dulak began his soccer career playing in a youth league at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., before moving with his family to Frankfurt, Germany, where he trained and played for a local German club, Rot-Weiss Waldorf. Upon returning to the United States, Dulak was invited to play for the Kansas City Pace, where he trained under esteemed coaches Lincoln Roblee and Jefferson Roblee. After 9/11, his father was reassigned to the Pentagon and the family moved to Dumfries, Va., where Dulak finished his youth soccer career playing for Prince William Soccer, Inc. (PWSI), Team America Premier, and Mid-Country Soccer in the National Capitol Soccer League. As a high school student at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, Va., Dulak played four years for coach Ken Krieger.
In his spare time, Dulak has worked summer soccer camps for the University of Virginia, coached high school soccer at Rustburg High School and at E.C. Glass High School, and worked with the Central Virginia United Youth Academy in 2012. Additionally, he is responsible for directing the program’s overnight camps and showcase events, which include the Lynchburg College Summer Camp, the Ideal Camp, the I.D. Camp, and the College Showcase, which brought more than 1,300 prospective student-athletes to campus. Dulak has earned the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) National Diploma, Advanced National Diploma, and Premier Diploma, along with the USSF Youth National License and United Soccer Coaches Level II Goalkeeper Diploma.
Dulak and his wife, Michelle, a registered Clinician III Nurse at the NICU at the University of Virginia and a 2012 Lynchburg College graduate, reside in Lynchburg, with their daughter, 2-year-old Ashby, and their chocolate labrador, Reese. Their family will be growing when a second daughter will join them this fall.
Jessica Gonzalez | Assistant Coach
Jessica Gonzalez joined the Hornet coaching staff in the 2014 season after spending the last five years as a player in the LC women's soccer program, providing key leadership from her midfield position. She earned All-ODAC honors four different times in her career, posting an impressive 19 points in her senior campaign on seven goals and five assists.
Gonzalez spent three summers as a camp counselor at the Naval Academy Soccer Camp while also working the Lynchburg College soccer camps. She served as the assistant coach for the Brookville High School varsity girls' soccer team.
She graduated from Lynchburg College with a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in special education in 2013 and her M.Ed. in adaptive special education in 2017.
Natalie Deacon | Assitant Coach
Natalie Deacon, a native of West Chester, Pa., joined the Lynchburg coaching staff in the 2017 season following a four-year playing career under the leadership of head coach Dr. Todd Olsen.
In her four years, spanning from 2013-2016, the Hornets posted an 84-8-6 record, which included three Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances, and a Division III national championship in 2014. Twice a team captain, Deacon played in all 98 games, tallying 88 starts as an outside back. She was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, three-time All-ODAC selection, a two-time VaSID All-State honoree, and the 2016 women’s soccer ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Immediately following her time on the pitch, Deacon transitioned to the track in 2017, where she became a two-time NCAA All-American in the indoor mile and the outdoor 1500m, as well as a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American.
During her time at Lynchburg, Deacon had the opportunity to travel twice to both Uganda and Kenya to serve alongside Coach Olsen with Sports Outreach Institute. On these trips, she was able to see the power of sports as a platform to restore hope and transform lives. She has assisted Coach Olsen in implementing the Women of Worth long-term project, which strives to empower young women using the tools of soccer and education.
Deacon also served as the varsity assistant coach for the girls' soccer program at Heritage High School in Lynchburg from 2015 to 2016 and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Deacon received her bachelor's in exercise physiology major and with a minor in coaching, graduating from Lynchburg College in 2017 with a 3.97 cumulative GPA. She is currently enrolled in Lynchburg's nonprofit leadership studies master's program.
Tess Frelick | Assitant Coach
Tess Frelick joins the Lynchburg women's soccer coaching staff after one of the most successful goalkeeping careers in program history.
The New Hope, Pa., native started three seasons in goal for the Hornets, allowing just 24 goals in more than 6,600 minutes minding the net. Frelick's goals-against average of 0.33 is the best career mark in the history of Lynchburg women's soccer.
One of the heroes of the 2014 Division III national championship team, Frelick made three saves in a national quarterfinal shootout as Lynchburg bested Messiah, and she made a career-high seven saves as Lynchburg topped Williams, again in penalty kicks, for the program's first national title.
She also coaches varsity soccer and JV basketball at New Covenant School and JV girls' soccer at Brookville High School.
Frelick graduated from Lynchburg with a B.A. in criminology and is currently pursuing her master's in criminal justice leadership.