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From Competitor to Coach: Kelsey Oddis

by Bailey Weber

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Slam dunk! We have a new coach on the court. Former Pitt-Greensburg student Kelsey Oddis was promoted from assistant coach to head coach of the women’s basketball team.

Getting moved up to head coach is not easy. Oddis worked hard for this position.

“I was the assistant for the past two years. I was also helping with the local AAU teams to gain coaching experience. I also obtained my master’s in the past year,” Oddis said.

Oddis knows a thing or two about playing on the court. She was on the women’s team for all four of her years at Pitt-Greensburg.

Oddis also helped the Bobcats maintain a winning 17-0 record this past season.

COVID-19 has not been easy on Oddis and the women’s team, but that hasn’t stopped them from pushing forward and practicing for the upcoming season.

“We have to wear masks and everything during practice, just to ensure everyone’s safety. We take it day-by-day and are excited we can still be together and play,” Oddis said.

Oddis only had about a month to prepare for the switch from assistant to head coach before the girls started practicing.

“I was able to get the ins and outs and everything like that for it to hopefully be a smooth transition,” Oddis said.

Competition does not scare Oddis and her team, because she said that the team’s biggest challenge is going to be juggling what issues COVID-19 brings.

Oddis is determined to have a successful season, despite all the what-ifs that this year has brought them.

“I want us to stay safe and healthy and grow our culture and our program. I am excited to be with them and look forward to see what they can do on and off the court,” Oddis said.

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