“She’s a fantastic lady,” Olson told the Citizen. “Everyone who meets her finds her very, very special.”
Olson reached a divorce settlement in late May with Christine Toretti after five years of marriage. He was married to the late Bobbi Olson for 47 years before she passed away from Ovarian cancer.
Kevin O’Neill coached Arizona last season when Olson was away from the team, leading the Wildcats to a 19-15 record their 24th straight NCAA tournament berth. At one point, it was reported that O’Neill would eventually take over the team when Olson retired.
But Olson announced his return in April and said O’Neill would not join him. O’Neill ultimately took a job with the Memphis Grizzlies.
“I apologize for what they [the players] had to go through this year in terms of the change,” Olson said in April. “They came here to play a wide-open game, and they didn’t. That’s no one’s fault, because that’s not coach O’Neill’s belief on the offensive end. It was his team once I left. But I said we’re going to play Arizona basketball and we’re going to have fun doing it.”