Travis Olson returns to the Key City after a two-year stint at Coe College as an assistant coach. Prior to his time with the Kohawks, Olson was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Northwestern State University in Louisiana and an assistant baseball coach at Iowa Lakes Community College. The move marks the second time in his coaching career that Olson has been on Tebon's staff, serving as an assistant coach in 2013.
Olson was a four-year baseball student-athlete at Loras, appearing in 92 games and serving as a team captain his senior year.
Don Pirkle enters his third year as an assistant coach for Carl Tebon on the Loras Baseball staff. Pirkle’s responsibilities include working with the infielders and hitters.
Pirkle is a 2009 graduate of Loras College where he earned his bachelor’s degrees in teacher education and history. While at Loras, Pirkle was a four-year starter and second team All-Conference selection as a senior. Pirkle tied the Loras record for hits in a game with five against Coe College in the Iowa Conference Tournament in 2008.
Pirkle’s coaching experience includes stops at Marist High School in Chicago, Illinois, Wahlert Catholic and Hempstead High School. At Marist, Pirkle served as an assistant coach for both baseball and football.
Currently, Pirkle is an assistant baseball coach at Wahlert Catholic as well as an assistant football coach at Hempstead.
A native of Frankfort, Illinois, Pirkle now resides in Dubuque and works at Hempstead High School as a Special Education Teacher.
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Strength and Conditioning Coach
The collegiate athletic season at Loras College lasts, on average, four months, but for the dedicated Duhawk athletes, the strength and conditioning program continues year-round. To be a contender in the highly competitive Iowa Conference, the Duhawks voluntarily train during the off-season with a comprehensive strength and conditioning program designed to help improve athletic performance and reduce injury. Each athlete is closely monitored by Director of Strength & Conditioning, Josh Edwards. Edwards designs personalized workouts for each student-athlete based on the physical demands of the position they play.
A native of Pella, Iowa, Edwards attended Central College and received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science and health promotion in 2003. While at Central, he was a four-year member of the football team, earning the Kuyper Award during the 2002 season for his outstanding contributions to the team. He also served three years as an intern in the strength and conditioning department. After graduation, he worked one year as the assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Edwards attended Winona State University in Winona, Minn. and completed his master’s degree in educational leadership. While at Winona State, he worked as the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for two years. After finishing his schooling, Edwards stayed at Winona State, changing roles to director of football strength & conditioning and defensive line coach.
Edwards was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He was in charge of the men’s and women’s golf and tennis programs, and assisted with the football program.
Edwards has been a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 2001 and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is certified in basic first aid, CPR, and is an ARC Professional Rescuer.
Presently, Edwards is in his 10th year as director of strength and conditioning for the Duhawks.
Josh resides in Dubuque with his wife, Tristen, and their sons, Jackson and Colton.