A finance major at Loyola University Maryland, Olson has excelled in his studies at the school, earning recognition on Loyola’s Dean’s List, as well as opportunities in the business community. Olson served an internship this past summer with Wasabi Ventures, a venture capital firm, and he has also bee involved with the Catholic Business Network of America. Robert also participated in a study abroad program that looked at international business marketing in Niece, Munich, Innsbruck and Rome during the summer of 2012. Olson has a 3.001 grade point average entering his senior year.
Olson has been the consistently hardest working player on a team that had a nine-win improvement in 2011-2012 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years. A leader on campus, he has been involved with the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during his junior and senior years, helping out with such experiences such as ‘Jock The Vote’, a student-athlete led night to encourage the Loyola community to register to vote. Olson is a captain of the 2012-2013 Loyola men’s basketball team and was a leader at the team’s retreat with staff from Loyola’s campus ministry as both a junior and senior.
Olson has been involved in various outreach through Loyola, including working with Beans & Bread, a local shelter and soup kitchen. He also served as a volunteer with the ARC of Montgomery County, an organization that outreaches to area handicapped. Olson has served as a speaker and counselor at the Loyola Basketball Camp and the Georgetown Prep Basketball Camps, and he was a speaker for the Catholic Business Network of America.
Olson is a dynamic shooter who earned All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors as a junior when he helped Loyola win a school Division I record 24 games and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 24 years. He averaged 11.1 points per game as a junior and was third in the MAAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.431). He enters the season as ranked fourth in school history in 3-point percentage, sixth in career 3-pointers made and eighth in 3-pointers attempted. Olson scored 11 or more points in 11-straigth games from January 7-February 12, raising his scoring average from 8.8 to 11.9 in the process. He finished with 15 or more seven times during that stretch and later went on to earn MAAC All-Tournament honors in helping the Greyhounds advance to the NCAA Tournament.