A former Westmont basketball player, a successful businessman and a longtime Warrior supporter has served as the athletic director for Westmont Athletics since January of 2009.
"We’re thrilled that Dave will become even more involved with Westmont athletics," said Westmont President Gayle Beebe. "His leadership, commitment to success and dedication to the Warriors bring the qualities required to continue our winning tradition. The college will benefit greatly from his intelligence, business acumen and love for Westmont."
Odell, who has served as an adjunct professor in the economics and business department for six years, has a long history of involvement with Westmont athletics. A men’s basketball player from 1985-1989 and a scholar-athlete, he has maintained a close connection to the Warrior program. From 2002-05, and again from 2007-2009, Odell served as the chair of the Warrior Sports Advisory Board, which provides advice for the athletics program and assists in fundraising. At the request of former Westmont President Stan Gaede, he also served as a member of the Presidential Task Force on Athletics commissioned in 2005.
Odell has developed a strong sense of the mission of the college and the athletic department.
"Westmont athletics develops tomorrow’s leaders today," Odell said. "We believe that athletic competition serves as a laboratory compelling students to learn lessons for life about teamwork, discipline, communication, self-sacrifice, perseverance, drive and endurance.
“As a nationally recognized academic leader, Westmont has demonstrated its commitment to learning through its rigorous liberal arts curriculum. At the same time, the college embraces the historic Christian faith. The integration of first-rate academics, high-level athletic competition and Christian commitment make Westmont unique among its peers. The student-athlete who can maintain the rigorous pace of Westmont’s academic curriculum and develop the personal fortitude to take and make the winning shot in a basketball game is developing the personal characteristics to lead communities of people, instigate movements for change and innovation and mentor the next generation of leaders.”
Odell brings to the position the lessons he has learned from a long list of successful business ventures, including TynanGroup Inc., Anchor Point IT Solutions, and MedBridge Development Company LLC.
"I bring an eye toward the big picture of running something that has a lot of different facets," Odell said. "I have experience with different types of business in a lot of different industries. When you look at our athletics department, it has intramurals, it has summer camps, it has sports teams, and it has a relationship with the kinesiology department and the larger college community. My experience in business helps me see how we fit within those contexts."
Odell’s Westmont pedigree extends to his parents, Westmont alumni Bill and Gayle Odell. Bill Odell served as the athletic director at Azusa Pacific until the summer of 2010 and coached the men’s basketball program there from 1991-2007. His sister, Susie Maga, played volleyball for Westmont, earning All-American honors in 1990, and works as the athletic director for St. Margaret’s High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Odell’s wife, DeAnna, another Westmont alumna, ran cross country and track during her college days. The Odells have three children Walker (14), Raynee (12) and Rallie (10).