CLEMSON VOLLEYBALL ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Brittany Fennell: 2008-2012

Brittany Fennell was a member of the Clemson volleyball program from 2008-2012. She was a middle blocker for the Tigers and started in 21 matches during her freshman campaign. She finished with 111 kills in her first season with the program and tallied 15 solo blocks and 68 assisted that season. Fennell’s name still resides in the Clemson volleyball record book for the third-most blocks by a freshman in a single match  on September 27, 2008 at Virginia with 10.

What is your favorite memory as a student-athlete at Clemson?

            “In the summer of 2008, we went on a European tour after winning the ACC in 2007. We made the best memories and went to several different countries my freshman year. I felt like I started with a bang having a great season, earning the Team Rookie of the Year Award and wrapped it up with a trip to Europe.”

What do you feel Clemson provided you as a student-athlete that helped you succeed later in life?

            “The discipline and structure that a successful student-athlete has to have prepared me for my future career. The competitive side in athletics has made me always want to do and be better. The structure in a student-athlete’s schedule was always ‘normal,’ which has helped me be successful in work environments that some of my coworkers that weren’t athletes tend to struggle.”

What is your current profession, and where do you work?

            “Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative at Johnson & Johnson”

What is something that you are most proud of since graduating from Clemson?

            “I have been thriving in my career for 10 years. I started in the pharmaceutical industry five days after graduating from Clemson. I moved to a town where I knew no one and took a chance. Clemson helped set me up for that. I was very close with my athletic-academic advisor and still talk with him to this day. I got my Masters of Science in Clinical Research, while pursuing my career goals.

             Outside of work, I am most proud of entering into motherhood. My husband and I recently welcoming our sweet baby boy William Fennell Lucas on January 1st.”

What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to young student-athletes?

            “Take full advantage of what Clemson has to offer and not just from an athletics side. I wasn’t able to study abroad for a fall or spring semester, but I was able to do a summer session abroad and loved it. As much as I love my teammates, it was important to venture out as well and realize how big of a family Clemson really is!”

 


Danielle Hepburn: 2005-2008

Danielle Hepburn was both a four-year starter and letterwinner for the Tigers from 2005-2008. She left her mark on the program with her name scattered throughout the Clemson volleyball record book. She still holds the record for single season block assists (158), blocks per set (1.71) and hitting percentage (.395), as well as the career record for block assists (560), total blocks (684), blocks per set (1.47) and hitting percentage (.357). Hepburn was a three-time AVCA All-American (twice an honorable mention and once a third-team selection) and was named the ACC Player of the Week eight times. She capped her career as a Tiger by being named the ACC Player of the Year in 2008.

What is your favorite memory as a student-athlete at Clemson?

            “Beating Maryland to secure the 2007 ACC Championship title. Also upsetting 14th ranked Duke, during the regular season.”

What do you feel Clemson provided you as a student-athlete that helped you succeed later in life?

            “The list of life lessons I learned while I was at Clemson is extremely long and it includes things like teamwork, leadership, strong work ethic and time management.

            There is no better place to learn the skills of time management, selflessness and leadership than being at Clemson. Also, winning with respect, losing with dignity and learning from both are lessons that last a lifetime. All these lessons prepared me for the real world and helped me become successful in life.”

What is your current profession, and where do you work?

            “I’m a graphic designer for the OKC Thunder.”

What is something that you are most proud of since graduating from Clemson?

            “My biggest accomplishment is following my dream of becoming a graphic designer for an NBA team. I love my job! The saying is true, do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to young student-athletes?

            “If there’s something you really want, GO AFTER IT! If it scares you, it’s a sign you need to do it. Don’t let fear hold you back from what you know in your heart you should be doing. Move TOWARDS fear. Acknowledge it and let it fuel you in the knowledge that there is usually something great on the other side of it.”