Krissy Burt (O'Kelley), Francis Marion

Krissy Burt (O'Kelley), Francis Marion

Volleyball player Krissy Burt (O'Kelley) was inducted into the Francis Marion University Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 12, 2005.

Burt played three seasons of volleyball at FMU (1996-98) after transferring from Lewis-Clark State College.  The Clarkston, Wash., native earned the B.S. degree in finance in 2001.  

As a middlehitter, she was a three-time All-Peach Belt Conference performer and earned conference Player of the Year honors in 1996.  As a sophomore in 1996, she ranked third nationally in hitting percentage (.464), a figure that also set a PBC single-season record (now stands as third-best). The following year, she ranked 11th nationally in hitting percentage (.379).

She ended her career with 1,183 kills and an amazing .399 hitting percentage - second-best all-time in the Peach Belt. She also recorded 116 solo blocks, 218 block assists, and 292 digs in 336 career games.  Her career high for kills in a match was 27.

She helped guide the Patriots to a three-year record of 87-12, including two conference tournament titles, two regular-season titles, and the program's first-ever NCAA Division II national tournament bid in 1998. She was named to the 1998 PBC Tournament All-Tournament Team.

She was a member of the 1996 squad, led by first-year head coach Jerry Pruitt, that completed a "worst-to-first" season.  FMU had tied for last place in the PBC in 1995 with a 12-29 mark, but rebounded to a 28-2 record in her first year in Florence and won the PBC regular-season crown.

Krissy is married to Brady O'Kelley and together they have 3 children; two sons, Carter 12 and Maddox 10 and one daughter, Caleigha who turns 4 in May.  Krissy works full time as the finance manger at Clarkston Auto Sales and together they own and operate O'Kelley's General Contracting, LLC. They reside in Clarkston, WA.

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