Aug. 18, 2014
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech Director of Athletics Mike Bobinski announced Monday the hiring of former Georgia Tech volleyball standout Kele Eveland as the Special Assistant to the Head Coaches, a position created to assist in team travel, recruiting and student-athlete development for the volleyball and softball programs.
“We’re excited to welcome Kele Eveland back to Georgia Tech,” Bobinski said. “Kele’s prominent success as a Georgia Tech student-athlete, familiarity with our athletic program and the Institute, along with her achievements after graduation will all be assets as she returns to Tech in this new role.”
“I’m excited about the opportunity of coming back to Georgia Tech and hope to make a positive impact across the athletic department,” Eveland said. “Georgia Tech is a special place that attracts student-athletes who want success in sports, school and life. I look forward to helping players achieve such success and grow into strong confident graduates, embracing and conquering any challenge thrown their way.”
One of the most decorated female student-athletes in Georgia Tech school history and the only first-team AVCA All-American in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Eveland graduated from Tech in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in management.
Eveland became the first – and only – female in Georgia Tech history to have her jersey retired when the school did so in a pre-match ceremony at O’Keefe Gym on September 9, 2005. Additionally, on October 18, 2013, Eveland was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame.
Eveland was the Yellow Jackets’ starting setter from 2000-03, and finished her career ranked fourth in the NCAA record books with 6,464 assists. In her senior year at Tech, she and her team led the nation in both assists and kills per game.
The 2003 ACC Player of the Year, 2000 Rookie of the Year and three-time all-ACC honoree averaged 13.38 assists per game and still ranks in the top-10 in the Tech career annals for digs and block assists. She holds the school record for assists in a match and season along with three of the top seven marks in Yellow Jacket history for assists in a season.
Eveland was honored as the recipient of the Georgia Tech Total Person Award in 2004, recognizing the top Yellow Jacket student-athlete of the year. She also earned Academic All-America honors her senior year and was a recipient of NCAA and ACC Postgraduate Scholarships.
She played four years of professional volleyball (2004-08) in Granada, Spain, before joining the San Diego State volleyball staff as an assistant coach from 2009-2014.
In 2012, Eveland partnered with fellow Georgia Tech alumna Delisha Peterson to found Burnt Orange Design, LLC, a web design and development company.