March 5, 2011
O'Dell replaces Dan Conners, who took a similar position at Nebraska.
"I'm extremely thrilled to have Dan O'Dell remain with our staff in an elevated role," Sealy said. "He knows a lot about the sport technically and tactically and connects with the players very well. Dan is someone who was passionate about the sport as an athlete and that passion has carried over into his coaching. He wants to make a life in volleyball and I am grateful that life starts at UCLA."
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to join the UCLA women's volleyball program," O'Dell said. "UCLA Athletics has such a rich tradition and I'm thrilled to be a part of that. I learned a lot last year as a volunteer and I look forward to taking this greater role within the program. Dan Conners left some big shoes to fill and a mess in the office, but thankfully I wear the same size and brought a broom."
O'Dell was a standout setter at Penn State from 2003-06, helping the Nittany Lions to four trips to the Final Four, including a National Championship appearance in 2006. O'Dell was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in '06 and also earned All-Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association honors every season, receiving first-team honors as a sophomore, junior and senior.
O'Dell led Penn State in assists per set each season and was in the top four every year in digs and blocks per set. His 4,993 assists rank second in Penn State history and he is also tied for eighth with 301 block assists and 10th with 342 total blocks. O'Dell played in 120 matches with the Nittany Lions, recording 186 kills, 40 aces and 469 digs over 397 games played.
In 2009, O'Dell played professionally for Ginasio Clube Vilacondense in Portugal, leading the team to its highest finish in club history.
O'Dell's coaching days began with the Long Beach Wilson High School boys' varsity team in 2009, helping the team advance to the CIF semifinals. He coached for Mizuno Long Beach 16's and 17's in 2010. The 17's squad finished fifth at the Junior National Championships, while the 16's squad placed 27th. O'Dell has also worked camps for Gold Medal Squared over the past few summers.
O'Dell graduated from Penn State in 2006 with a bachelor's in industrial engineering. Originally from Rochester, N.Y., where he attended McQuaid Jesuit High School, O'Dell is married to the former Alli Dillon, who was a three-year letterwinning volleyball player at USC (2004-06).