Nov. 20, 2007
BALTIMORE - Loyola College Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kerri O'Day is one of 10 women and men selected to the 2008 class for the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the USLacrosse Hall of Fame.
O'Day, who was also a standout student-athlete at Loyola, will be joined by one of her collegiate teammates, Allison Valentino, at the February 2, 2008, event.
"I am honored to be inducted to the Baltimore Chapter's Hall of Fame," O'Day said. "It is a prestigious group that I have been chosen to join, and I am very thankful for the opportunity.
"It is even more special that I have the chance to be induced with Allison. That will really make the night wonderful because I have the opportunity to share it with her."
As a student-athlete at Loyola, from 1994-97, O'Day, who was then known as Kerri Johnson, fashioned one of the finest careers in program history.
She finished with 107 career goals, and earned All-America First Team honors in 1996 and in 1997. In 1997, she was the NCAA Tournament's leading scorer and led Loyola to the national championship game. O'Day was also selected to the NCAA All-Tournament on two occasions, in 1996 and 1997.
O'Day led the Greyhounds with 45 goals as a senior in 1997 and 34 goals in 1996 when she was also the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament MVP. She received the Ernest Lagna Award, presented to the College's top female student-athlete, and earned the Medal of Merit following her senior season.
In addition to her All-America First Team honors as a junior and senior, O'Day was a Third Team All-American as a sophomore in 1995 when she scored 20 goals and added seven assists. She was a key member of United States National Teams during her collegiate career and for eight years following her graduation. She was a three-time All-CAA First Team honoree in 1995, 1996 and 1997.
O'Day has earned two degrees from Loyola, a bachelor of arts in elementary education in 1997 and a master's degree in school counseling in 2001.
Prior to coming to the Evergreen campus, O'Day was an excellent player at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County. She was The Baltimore Sun's Baltimore County Player of the Year in 1993 and earned All-Metro First Team honors from The Sun in 1992 and 1993. She twice led the state in scoring, was a four-year All-Baltimore County honoree and earned High School All-America honors twice.
Since graduation, O'Day has been a key part of Loyola's women's lacrosse program, serving as an assistant coach to Diane Geppi-Aikens from 1998-2002. She was then promoted to associate head coach in May 2002, helping lead the Greyhounds to a 17-2 record, a No. 1 national ranking and a spot in the NCAA Semifinals in 2003.
O'Day was named Loyola's sixth head coach in 2004, following her mentor and collegiate coach, the late Geppi-Aikens. She became only the second former Loyola player to hold the title of head coach.
In her first season as head coach, O'Day guided the Greyhounds to a 14-4 overall record and an appearance in the NCAA Championships. They were ranked as high as third in the nation during the 2004 season and never fell lower than sixth.
As head coach, O'Day has amassed a record of 28-37 and leads a youthful, but strong, Greyhounds team into the 2008 campaign. In addition to her coaching duties at Loyola, O'Day is the director of several lacrosse camps in the Baltimore area, including the prestigious Elite 300 camp that brings many of the top high school players in the country to the area during the summer months. She is also the director of the Greyhound Lacrosse Club.
She married Michael O'Day (Loyola '97) in the summer of 2004. The couple has a son, Grayden, and a daughter, Marleigh.
The duo will be two of 10 honorees at the Saturday, February 2, 2007, ceremony. They will be joined by Todd Curry, Michele DeJulius, Jim Jackson, Barb Kimball, Stephen "Lucky" Mallonee, Glen Miles, Wendell Thomas and Jennifer Ulehla. The ceremony will take place at the Grand Lodge of the Masonic Home in Hunt Valley, Maryland.