Chad Oletzke marks his third season on the Jackrabbit women's basketball coaching staff after being appointed to a newly created assistant coaching position in August 2009.
During each of the past two seasons, Oletzke helped guide Jackrabbit teams to strong second-half finishes. The 2009-10 squad won 11 of its final 13 regular season games and three Summit League tournament games in as many days to make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, SDSU reeled off eight wins in its final nine regular season games and again won three postseason tournament games in as many days to claim a third straight Summit League tournament title and berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his arrival in Brookings, Oletzke served as head women's basketball coach at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., for five seasons. During his tenure with the junior college program, Oletzke earned coach of the year honors after leading the Trappers to a Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference championship and a North Sub-Region title.
A native of Blaine, Minn., Oletzke began coaching at the collegiate level at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., serving as an assistant women's basketball coach for four years. While with the Mustangs, SMSU posted three 20-win seasons and made two NCAA Division II postseason appearances.
Oletzke earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Southwest Minnesota State in 1998, after completing a playing career with the Mustangs. He added a master's degree in education, with an emphasis in educational leadership, from SMSU in 2004. He also coached boys' basketball and boys' and girls' golf at Wabasso (Minn.) High School prior to coaching at SMSU.