MORRISTOWN, N.J. - The College of Saint Elizabeth selection committee has chosen senior Kelly O’Dell as the school's 2012-13 representative for January's annual Woman of the Year Luncheon to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
The luncheon, hosted by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NJAIAW), recognizes the outstanding achievements of collegiate female athletes. The event will be held in South Orange, N.J. at Seton Hall University in the Richard Regan Recreation and Athletics Center at noon on Sunday, Jan. 27.
After the luncheon, recipients and their guests are invited to attend the Seton Hall women’s basketball game vs.
A three-sport athlete at Saint Elizabeth, O’Dell is a member of the Screaming Eagles’ soccer, basketball and softball teams. O’Dell was the captain of the soccer team during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and currently holds the same position for basketball squad this season.
During the 2011-12 basketball season, O’Dell finished in the top 10 in multiple categories in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). She finished second in total steals (105) and minutes played per game (36.5). She averaged 10.5 rebounds per game (sixth in the conference), was fourth for offensive boards (104) and fifth for defensive boards (168).
In softball last season, O’Dell was ranked seventh in the conference with 10 doubles.
This year O’Dell was selected to the NEAC Third Team All-Conference for soccer. In the NEAC soccer standings, O’Dell was ranked in the top 10 for shots per game (3.41), points (26) and goals scored (12). At the annual athletic department banquet in 2011-12, O’Dell received the Eagle Spirit award in for her dedication and commitment to CSE athletics. Individually, she was selected as the most valuable player for softball in 2010 and soccer in 2011.
O’Dell has been a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative since 2010, and has served as president over the past two years. O’Dell has spearheaded efforts on campus such as Midnight Madness, Eagle Rallies and Special Olympics basketball and bowling tournaments.
O’Dell is a criminal justice major in the Honors Program at the College with a 3.9 cumulative grade point average. O’Dell aspires to receive a master’s degree in justice administration and public service. She has been on the Dean’s List since she came to campus. In recognition of her achievement in the classroom, O’Dell was selected as a NEAC Scholar Athlete for both 2010-11 and 2011-12.
O’Dell is actively involved in the campus community as a member of the Justice Studies club, Psychology Club, Residence Hall Council, and the Student Life Committee. In 2011, O’Dell was named the secretary of her class and this year was named president. This year, O’Dell is also serving as vice president of the Justice Studies club.
O’Dell has also spent numerous hours volunteering. She has helped with AIDS awareness events, Take Back the Night sexual assault awareness, sport specific clinics, Special Olympics events and coached softball for youth groups. For O’Dell’s commitment to volunteer work she was named the Volunteer of the Month in 2012 by the Office of Volunteer Services on campus.
O’Dell works multiple jobs throughout the school year, on- and off-campus. She is a weight room supervisor and office assistant in the athletics department at Saint Elizabeth. O’Dell has gained coaching experience at Future Stars Camp in the summer and with the Warren Hills Middle School basketball team.
The College of Saint Elizabeth selection committee chose between three senior finalists: swimmers Kristin King and Shannon Tipton, and O’Dell.
If additional friends or relatives would like to attend the basketball game, contact Seton Hall Athletic Ticket Office at (973)-275-4255 for advanced ticket sales. In case of inclement weather, please check online at Seton Hall University's website at www.shupirates.com.