Kelli O’Dell has been named the volleyball second assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania. O’Dell, a Kingwood, Texas native, comes to Penn after four years as a member of the Virginia Tech volleyball team. This season will mark her first experience coaching at the collegiate level.
While at Virginia Tech, the former Hokie was a two-year letterwinner, as well as being a first-team All-Women’s Independent Volleyball Conference selection as a freshman in 2000. O’Dell started 24 of 27 matches, recording 1,134 assists during her rookie campaign as well as 65 kills and 14 service aces. She registered a career-high 86 helpers at Liberty on Oct. 17, 2000, a Virginia Tech record.
O’Dell will bring the ability to turn theory into practical use as well as the expertise of teaching the game of volleyball to the Quakers. She was the head coach of the Houston Junior Olympic Team during the summer of 2002, where she led a team of 12 members to national qualifying tournaments and formulated and implemented various practice plans.
Most recently, O’Dell was the head coach for the Roanoke Juniors (16-year old) Olympic Volleyball Team. While there she assisted her players in refining their volleyball skills in match situations as well as helping to develop their fundamentals. She also served as an instructor at the Texas Volleyball Academy and Kingwood Volleyball Camp during the summers of 2001 and 2002.
O’Dell graduated from Virginia Tech this past May with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant