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Feb. 3, 2010
The Atlantic Coast Conference celebrates its sixth annual class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends during the 2010 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, March 4-7, at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. The honorees will be recognized during the ACC Legends Luncheon, as well as on the court at halftime of the first semifinal game on Saturday, March 6.
The ACC Women's Basketball Legends program honors past players from each of the ACC's 12 schools who have contributed to the league's rich tradition. Included in the class are 12 former student-athletes that represent four decades of ACC Women's Basketball competitors.
TheACC.com will feature three members of the 2010 ACC Legends Class each week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) during the final four weeks of the regular season.
Q&A with Annie Odoy
Q: What was the most memorable game for you while playing at Boston College?
A: In my junior year we went to the Big East championship game. We beat Syracuse, then Providence. [ESPN sideline reporter] Doris Burke was Providence College's starting point guard. We played Villanova in the finals. We played awesome, but we lost. Villanova had the National Player of the Year, Shelly Pennefather, and a strong supporting cast. It symbolized an entire team effort. All of us had to contribute whether we were starting or coming off the bench. The chemistry of the team at the point was just superb. When all of the pieces come together and everyone is playing at their height, it's just a phenomenal feeling.
Q: What current BC player reminds you most of how you played the game?
A: I really like Mickel Picco. She's a superb passer and superb shooter. She doesn't play much at the point guard position but I like her energy and intensity.
Q: How well did Boston College prepare its student-athletes for life after their playing days - whether in business or in their professional basketball careers?
A: Most definitely. I am most appreciative for my education at Boston College. I truly embraced the learning. They really put a lot of emphasis on the body-mind spirit. Going to a Jesuit University gave me an opportunity to explore all facets of learning. I was very pleased that the coaches' desire for all of us was to get a quality education. It was always the priority on everyone's list. Of course, basketball was very close thereafter. That commitment our coaches placed on education was most appreciative.
Q: When did you decide you wanted to become an educator (school counselor)? What influenced you?
A: Initially, after I graduated, I wasn't sure what my next step in life was going to be. My coach, Margo Plotzke, opened up a graduate assistantship and I applied for it. They were gracious enough to offer it to me. I really didn't know what I wanted to do after college. I went into education to see what it was like. I had an opportunity to play abroad in Sweden. I stopped my education because I wanted to play basketball because I was young and still loved it. I never became a teacher, but the teachers I've had opened so many doors in my mind, my heart and my soul. One of the greatest gifts one can give to somebody is to open and educate one's mind.
Q: How did your experience as an assistant coach at Duquesne prepare you for what was to follow in your life?
A: I was at Duquesne for three years. Coaching in college, I learned tremendously about strategy, recruiting, and the daily operations of the business. I learned valuable skills and motivational techniques; some I would use and some I would not. It's always a win-win, whoever you work with, because you always pick up some techniques and new thoughts. In high school I use some of the drills I used at Boston College and Duquesne.
Q: Talk about the experience you've had of playing high school basketball, then returning to your alma mater as an assistant coach under David Strong, your coach as a high school student-athlete?
A: Coach Strong has always been a mentor. He's definitely a very cognitive coach. One thing I really, truly appreciate about him, is that he allowed us to grow and mature in a sound, developmental way. He asked a lot of us, but he was not going to drive it out of us, in the sense of "if you want to do this, this is what you have to do." He was not a screamer or a yeller, and it tapped into a deeper, inner soul, intrinsic motivation, of "if this is your passion, you're gong to bring it everyday." Working for him now, it is a blessing. I learn things everyday. It's nice to be a colleague and share my opinions and my thoughts, as well as bring my experience back to Masuk to share with the kids, and he's open to listening to that.
Q: You say you're blessed to have 12 nieces and nephews. Can you talk about the importance you family has had in your life?
A: Family and friends are definitely most important. My mom and dad brought us up in that regard. That's something they gave all of us: faith. You pray together as a family, you stay together as a family. My definition of family is the people that are in my world. I'm hoping that I can support my nieces and nephews in all of their journeys in life and give them everything that that was given to me.
More about Annie Odoy...
Annie Odoy (Boston College, 1984-88): A prolific scorer, skilled passer, and defensive stalwart, Odoy set Boston College records for career points (1,337), field goals (512), assists (505), and steals (287) and was selected as a Kodak District I All-American as a senior after the 1987-88 campaign.
Odoy earned Big East All-Rookie honors as a freshman before garnering All-BIG EAST accolades three more times, including in her senior season when she led the league in assists, steals, and made 3-pointers.
Additionally, the Monroe, Conn. native set other school records with 133 made 3-pointers and 255 made free throws. Following her senior season, Odoy was named the recipient of the Nathaniel J. Hasenfus "Eagle of the Year" Award as the outstanding female student-athlete in her graduating class.
After her undergraduate work, in which she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in theology, Odoy remained in Chestnut Hill to coach as a graduate assistant. She then went on to play and coach professionally in Sweden before returning to the States to coach at the collegiate level at Duquesne University.
Odoy was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 and is a member of both the New England and Connecticut Basketball Halls of Fame.
In the last decade, Odoy has returned to Connecticut to work as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, Masuk High School, where she also is an assistant girls basketball coach and girls lacrosse referee. She currently resides in Bethany, Conn., with her partner, Julia, and their cat Bea. She also enjoys spending time with her twelve nieces and nephews.