Leaving a Legacy

Inducted into the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016, former Director of Athletics Joe O’Donnell oversaw one of the most successful eras in Pace Athletics history, which included 27 NCAA tournament appearances, involving three NCAA Regional Championships, three NCAA Elite 8 runs, and three NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.

O’Donnell had added women’s soccer in 1998, hiring now-Head Women’s Soccer Coach and Associate Athletics Director Mike Winn. When O’Donnell passed away last summer, Coach Winn and his wife, Kerry, wanted to honor his great Pace legacy.

The pair made a lead gift to establish the Joe O’Donnell Endowed Fund for Pace Women’s Soccer, which will be used to supplement and enhance the areas of most need for the women’s soccer program.

“Joe was a special person who believed in and supported his student-athletes and staff,” said Winn. “He provided me and so many of our alumni the opportunity to become better people through the college athletics experience. Kerry and I will always be thankful for the support that Joe and his beloved wife Marie provided our family and we are excited for Joe’s memory to live on with the soccer program that he founded.”

Supporters can contribute to the newly created fund by visiting the Setters Club website and choosing the Joe O’Donnell Endowed Fund for Pace Women’s Soccer when making a gift.


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