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.