"An exceptional defensive outfielder that possesses great range and a strong accurate arm, Chelsea is a power hitter with the ability to hit to all fields. She will challenge an experienced returning outfield for playing time."
O'Connor made her impact felt on both the softball diamond and on the track at Windsor High School in Windsor, Colo....The 2009 MaxPreps Colorado Class 4A State Softball Player of the Year as a senior after hitting .585 with six home runs and 32 RBIs, O'Connor helped her various interscholastic softball squads to the 2006 Colorado Class 4A State Championship, two consecutive regional titles and state tourney semifinal appearances (2008, 2009) and a pair of district championships (2007, 2008)...She was twice named by The Denver Post as Class 4A All-State (2008, 2009) while picking up four consecutive selections as 4A All-Northern League (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)...O'Connor also proved her outstanding capabilities in the classroom, as well, by being named academic all-state in both 2008 and 2009...On the track she was chosen All-Northern League in 2008, owns the school record for the pole vault at 10 feet and threw 130 feet in the discus...At Windsor H.S., O'Connor served as both the Senior Class and FCCLA President and was a member of the National Honor Society...She played Gold summer ball for the Triple Crown Stars under the direction of head coach Dave King, setting records in the process for single-season home runs (34 HR in 2008) and RBIs.
Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...Enjoys writing, fly-fishing, hunting and watching movies in her spare time off the diamond...Plans to study sociology during her time at Tennessee in hopes of eventually either coaching or becoming an elementary school teacher...Lists former New York Yankee Roger Maris, the late Rev. Martin Luther King and former U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt as famous persons she most admires...Has two brothers, Joey, 16, and Cooper, 10, and a sister, Maggie, 13...Chelsea Nicole O'Connor was born July 8, 1991, in Greeley, Colo....Her parents are Joe and Ann O'Connor.