Brittney O’Dell is in her second year as the assistant director of student-athlete development with the responsibility of overseeing the Mountaineer football program.
O’Dell oversees the development of each football student-athlete; she conducts initial testing, then produces an individual plan, monitors their progress and ensures their academic success each semester until graduation.
She provides guidance to the student-athletes, assists them with the organization and development of their course schedules each semester, helps oversee the study hall program and assists with test preparation, study skills and time management.
In fact, she and her team are currently working on implementing a comprehensive summer bridge program that will kick off for the first time this summer. The program includes academic screening and diagnostic testing, life skills sessions, college readiness workshops, and enrollment in a freshman seminar course that focuses on skill develop and sport optimization to help students successfully transition into college.
She also works in conjunction with the compliance department on both initial and continuing eligibility issues.
O’Dell works with on-campus student development offices including admissions, registrar and financial aid to determine eligibility, certification, scholarship and aid provision for class scheduling. She also works with on-campus officials to provide academic data to analyze and produce the football program’s Academic Performance Rate.
O’Dell came to West Virginia after serving as a Coordinator of Academic Advising services at UCF for four years (2011-15). She had direct oversight of academic advising, monitoring player progress, creating individualized academic plans, coordinating tutoring needs and ensuring academic success for the UCF defensive football players and the women’s golf team.
Part of her responsibilities were overseeing the academic mentoring program where she was responsible for hiring graduate level academic mentors to help student-athletes with time management and organizational skills and also monitor and track their academic progress. She also served as a learning specialist with at-risk student-athletes during a portion of her time at UCF and was the liaison between her office and Student Accessibility Services.
O’Dell spent two years as a graduate assistant in the academic services department at UCF (2009-11), working with student-athletes in the sports of football, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, softball and rowing.
She served on multiple campus committees within the student development and enrollment services department, developing an academic mentoring program and training database for student-athletes.
O’Dell also served as an adjunct professor in the College of Education, mentoring students in the area of strategies for success in college. She developed, designed and created collaborative materials for the academic student-services area to market the services her unit provided to student-athletes.
She is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics. She is nationally certified and served on the 2014 regional planning committees and presented at the organization’s national conference in June 2011.
O’Dell, a native of Orlando, Florida, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in family and child sciences from Florida State in 2008 and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from UCF in 2011.