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Coaching Staff

Justin Olson
Head Coach

Olson comes to Bethany from NCAA Division II Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind. There he was the head women's coach managing the day-to-day operations for the team. As part of his successes at SJC, he recruited the largest class in SJC women's soccer history with 16 players, and his program had the second highest team GPA of any in the athletic department with a 3.6.

Before his time at Saint Joseph's Olson was the head coach of the men and women's programs at Calumet College of St. Joseph, a NAIA school in Whiting, Ind. He was the head men's coach for four years and the head women's coach for three years.

While Olson was at Calumet, his men's team had the most overall season wins in school history as well as the first winning season in CCSJ history in 2015. In 2013, the team qualified for the CCAC Conference Tournament for the first time in school history; they qualified again in 2015. Also in 2015, the team had the highest team GPA in the school's history, 3.03.

On the women's side, Olson led his team to the best single season record in school history in 2013. He also coached multiple NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Olson was a national scout and the recruiting coordinator for the National Collegiate Scouting Association for two years before beginning at Calumet College. In this position, he educated families on the recruiting process. In order to do that Olson had to first establish the trust of these families and promote the value of his organization. In the summer of 2010, Olson was selected as one of two recruiting coordinators to work with IMG Academy, an organization that assists with elite collegiate athletic prospects.

"From our initial conversation, we as a search committee felt like Coach Olson would be a great fit at Bethany College.  His interview further solidified our thoughts.  He has had success at the NAIA level and he had the foundation built for a quality program at St. Joseph's College.  We are excited about the experience and relationship building he will bring to the Women's Soccer team, the Department of Athletics, and Bethany College," Bethany College Dean of Athletics and Student Development Dane Pavlovich said.

Olson has earned many awards and certifications throughout his coaching career. At Calumet College, he was named the Crimson Wave Coach of the Year for the 2013-14 school year. He is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and is a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma holder. Olson also has a Level 3 Diploma from the NSCAA for Goalkeeping. In addition, Olson is the head coach for the Three Lions United soccer club in northwest Indiana.

Olson earned his Bachelors of Science degree in communications with an emphasis in business and public relations from the University of Southern Indiana in May of 2009. During his time at USI he was a member of the Screaming Eagle's Men's soccer team.
Melissa Kuhar
Assistant Coach

Melissa Kuhar is in her first season as the assistant coach for the Swedes women’s soccer program. Kuhar has a wide variety of duties, including daily team operations, working with the goalkeepers, and recruiting.

She is a December 2016 graduate of NCAA Division II, Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management. While at Bethany, Kuhar is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Sports Administration.

Kuhar had an outstanding playing career. In high school, Kuhar led her team to three state final four appearances and a 2010 Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship. She gained multiple all-conference, all-district, and all-state honors throughout her high school career. Kuhar’s club team was a three-time Indiana State Cup runner-up.

During her collegiate career, Kuhar attended NCAA Division I Western Illinois University as a redshirt freshman before transferring to Saint Joseph’s College to finish out her career. While at SJC, Kuhar played in 37 games, starting in 33 of those matches. She had 233 saves during her time at SJC. In the 2016 season, Kuhar had six games with nine or more saves including 19 saves versus Rockhurst University. This led the GLVC for most saves in a single game. Kuhar also earned academic all-conference honors all four years of her collegiate career.

Prior to Bethany, Kuhar helped coach at her former high school, Saint Joseph’s High School, in South Bend, Indiana. She also coached at various levels for the Elkhart Flames Soccer Club in Elkhart, Indiana.

Kuhar currently holds a USSF National “E” License and a NCSAA/USC GK 3 License.