2016 Minnesota College Camp Staff

Jon Lowery, Head Coach - University of St. Thomas

UST Head Coach, Jon Lowery:  After four seasons the Tommies have posted a 42-24-10 record with three appearances in the MIAC Playoffs including the school's first ever appearance in the MIAC Tournament Championship in 2015.  The program has produced 14 players to receive all conference honors.  In four seasons the team has scored 150 goals while being regionally ranked and was ranked as high as #9 in the country in 2014 and #23 in 2015.  

Coach Lowery has also won a national championship as an assistant coach in 2007 as an assistant coach at Wake Forest University. He played at Ohio State University and was a four-year professional.  He holds a USSF A Coaching License.

Gregg Olson, Head Coach - Macalester College

Gregg Olson completed his fourth season as head coach of the Macalester men's soccer team in 2015 with major successes. Olson led the Scots to the MIAC regular-season championship, the NCAA Division III Tournament and a No. 14 ranking in the latest NSCAA Division III national rankings. He was named the North Region Coach of the Year and the MIAC Coach of the Year as the Scots posted an unbeaten regular season and captured the MIAC regular-season championship with an 8-0-2 mark in conference play. Six players were honored with All-MIAC Honors and three earned All-Region. The success led to a national ranking as high as No. 11 and an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010. The Scots defeated St. Scholastica, 1-0 at Macalester Stadium on Nov. 16 in the first round for the program's first NCAA win since 2009.

The Scots have improved in each of the last three seasons under Olson, including a 2014 squad that went 11-6-2 and qualified for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time since 2010. In four seasons at Macalester, he has a record of 37-29-10.

In 2014, Olson guided the Scots to a 6-3-1 mark in conference play to finish in fifth place. Five of Olson’s players were included on the All-MIAC and honorable mention teams. At last year’s annual Macalester Athletics annual award banquet, men’s soccer players received the Senior, Sophomore and First-Year awards honoring the top performances of the year by class. Off the field, Olson’s squad performed exceptionally well in the classroom, achieving a 3.42 team grade-point average to rank 15th among 820 men’s soccer programs nationally across all divisions and first in the MIAC.

In 2013, Macalester posted an overall record of 8-8-2 (4-4-2 MIAC) and five Scots were awarded with All-MIAC honors.

Olson was at Stanford University in Stanford, California, for four seasons and held the David and Kathy Carey Assistant Directorship for Stanford men's soccer in 2011.

A four-year starter for the soccer team and 2000 graduate from the University of Vermont, Olson began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater in 2002 before moving on to become an assistant for Stanford in 2008. Coaching many All-Pac 10 selections, Olson aided in developing future MLS players, Academic All-Americans, and a Hermann Trophy semi-finalist. In 2009, the Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Division I “Sweet 16”. At Vermont, he helped the Catamounts reach the conference tourney four times, win the 2007 America East Conference, and reach the second round of the NCAA Division I tournament. Olson coached and recruited numerous current professional players and each season of his collegiate career his teams have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award.

Olson has coached numerous club soccer teams, including currently serving as the head coach of his second Minneapolis United team. Previous clubs include: Palo Alto SC (Calif.), Santa Clara Sporting (Calif.), and Nordic SC (Vt.). Olson has led his club teams to eight state championships, a regional championship, won such prestigious events as Surf Cup, USA Cup and Cerritos. His club teams have ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation (GotSoccer). In addition to club soccer, Olson has been involved with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) as a head State Team coach since 2003. Currently he is on staff with Region II ODP. 

A native of Rockford, Illinois, Olson graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Geography from Vermont, where he was team captain as a senior. Olson also was a three-time winner of the team's Donoson Fitzgerald Award for Perseverance, Integrity and Sportsmanship. After graduating from college, Olson spent two seasons playing semi-professionally before beginning his coaching career. Olson resides in St. Paul. He and his wife, Sarah, have two sons -- Palmer (6) and William (3).

Greg Holker, Head Coach - Augsburg College

Greg Holker (Gustavus Adolphus '00) will be entering his 13th season as the Augsburg College men's soccer head coach in 2016. He also serves the college as athletic facilities assistant manager.

Augsburg Coaching Highlights:

  • 2015 - Five Auggies earned All-MIAC honors; Ben Henry earned All-Region honors and NSCAA Scholar All-Region honors.
  • 2014 - Four Auggies earned All-MIAC honors.
  • 2013 - The Auggies reached 10 wins for seventh time in last eight seasons; posted eighth consecutive season of .500 or better overall record.
  • 2011 - Holker became winningest coach in Augsburg men's soccer history; qualified for the MIAC playoffs for second consecutive season.
  • 2010 – NCAA Second Round; MIAC Playoff Champions; 16-5-1 overall record (most wins in school history); double-digit win record for fourth time in 5-year span; MIAC Coach of the Year and MIAC Player of the Year (Chad Gilmer); 7-2-1 conference record (matches best record in league play since 1980).
  • 2008 – NCAA Sweet 16 (1st NCAA appearance in school history); MIAC Playoff Finalist (shootout defeat); 7-2-1 MIAC record (most wins in conference play since 1980); 12-4-7 overall record (3rd all-time for wins in a season); NSCAA Final Ranking – 17th.
  • 2006 – MIAC Playoff appearance (1st ever MIAC playoff berth); 13-3-3 overall record (2nd all-time for wins in a season); Consecutive-game shutout streak 12 games (The streak is the fourth-longest in NCAA Division III history, behind the 17-game streak of Drew (N.J.) in 2003 and the 13-game streaks of St. John's (Minn., 1982) and Muhlenberg (Pa., 1998)); The shutout streak ended at 1,111:31; NCAA statistical champion in save %; MIAC Coach of the Year.

In his 12 years at Augsburg, Holker has posted an overall record of 114-85-26, including 54-53-13 in MIAC play. Holker is the winningest coach in Augsburg history, passing Rolf Eriksen ('71-'73 and '76-'81; 81-37-16 overall). He and his teams have won more games in 10 years than Augsburg did in the 24 years prior to his arrival. Holker and the Auggies have made four playoff appearances in the past eight years and boast NSCAA Team Academic honors for the past eight consecutive seasons (2006 - 3.08; 2007 - 3.20; 2008 - 3.29, 2009 - 3.42, 2010 - 3.23, 2011 - 3.29, 2012 - 3.23, 2013 - 3.21).

Holker has coached 39 All-MIAC players (All-MIAC & Honorable Mention), 13 NSCAA All-Region players, two D3kicks.com All-Region players, one NSCAA All-American, one D3kicks.com All-American; 16 NSCAA Scholar All-Region Players, five CoSIDA Academic All-District Selections, four NSCAA Scholar All-Americans and three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

Previous Coaching Experience:

  • Head Coach – Academy of Holy Angels, 2003 – NSCAA Minnesota Division II Coach of the Year
  • Asst. Coach – Bloomington Jefferson, 2002
  • Asst. Coach – Gustavus Adolphus, 2000-01
  • Minnesota Olympic Development Program, 2003-current
  • Head Coach/Trainer/Director of Coaching for various local youth soccer clubs, 1997-current 
  • Minnesota Youth Soccer Association Coach Education Instructor, 2004-current
  • USSF ‘A’ License, NSCAA Premier Diploma, NSCAA Level II GK Diploma

Playing Experience/Achievements:
As a player at Gustavus Adolphus College from 1996-99, Holker earned NSCAA All-Region and All-MIAC honors his senior season. He started 61 of his 69 career games in the midfield and earned a spot on the 14-member Gustavus All-History Soccer Team in 2002.

Other Duties/Campus Involvement at Augsburg:
Assistant Manager of Athletic Facilities

Personal/Family Notes:
Greg is married to Connie Holker and they reside in Lakeville with their children, Braden, Lydia, Landon and Logan. Holker completed graduate work in Sports Administration from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2002.

 

Additional Staff Invited:

  • Bethel University
  • Carleton
  • Concordia College (MN)
  • Gustavus Adolphus
  • Hamline University
  • St Olaf College
  • St John's University
  • St Mary's University