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Kim Olsen
Kim Olsen
Year Inducted: 2010
Area of Distinction: Women's Soccer / Softball
Graduation Year: 1998

Kim Olsen proudly represents the women’s soccer and softball programs as a 2010 Hall of Fame inductee.  A two-time All-Dixie Conference selection in both sports, Olsen’s career was highlighted by her 1997 All-American selection on the pitch, as well as her Dixie Player of the Year accolades that same season.

As a member of the women’s soccer program from 1993-1997, the Avon, Conn. native tallied a goal and two assists as a freshman midfielder before a torn ACL prompted head coach Rob Donnenwirth to move her to goalkeeper for her sophomore season. With no prior experience, Olsen proved her athleticism by recording 153 saves, a program-record 0.46 goals against average, and 11.5 shutouts in goal, which ranked second in program history at the time. She led NCWC’s 1994 squad to a 15-3-3 record and an NCAA Final Four appearance. For her efforts, she was voted by her teammates as the Battling Bishops’ Most Valuable Player that season.

Olsen had her torn ACL repaired and was forced to miss the 1995 season, but she returned to the midfield in 1996 to earn Second Team All-Conference honors with five goals and four assists. She went on to garner league Player of the Year, All-American, and team MVP accolades as a senior after tallying 11 goals and seven assists.  Over four seasons of play, she led her Battling Bishops to a 58-15-8 overall record, three Dixie Conference Championships, and four NCAA Tournament appearances.

On the softball diamond, Olsen was a talented shortstop and career .337 hitter for head coach John Brackett. She twice earned All-Conference (’97 & ’98) and All-Tournament honors (’96 & ’97), while leading Wesleyan to a program-best 31 wins in 1998, as well as the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth. The Battling Bishops earned two Dixie Conference Championships during her tenure.

Having swept NCWC’s Female Athlete and Student-Athlete of the Year awards as a senior, Olsen undoubtedly made her mark as one of the best dual-sport student-athletes to ever compete for the Battling Bishops... but not only one of the best players in Wesleyan history, she was also recognized as one of the best-ever in the Dixie/USA South Conference when she was named to the league’s 25-year Silver Anniversary team.

Dr. Olsen graduated from Wesleyan in 1998 and later from the University of Connecticut’s School of Dental Medicine.