Kimberley Yvette "Kim" Oden (born May 6, 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a former USA National volleyball player. She was part of the United States women's national volleyball team.

Kimberley Oden
Personal information
BornKimberley Yvette Oden
(1964-05-06) May 6, 1964 (age 58)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Height6 ft 2 in (189 cm)
Volleyball information
Number16 (national team)
1994Stanford University
National team
1990–1994United States United States
Medal record


She graduated from Stanford in 1986 with a degree in Public Policy, and then went on to play on the U.S. National Team (1986–92, '94). She was named Olympic team captain in 1988 and 1992. In 1985, she won the Honda-Broderick Award (now the Honda Sports Award) as the nation's best female collegiate volleyball player.[1]

At the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics, Oden was voted "Best Hitter," tallying the highest hitting percentage during the games.

In 1992, she was on the U.S. women's team that won a bronze medal at the Barcelona Summer Olympics in Spain. She participated at the 1994 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship,[2] and at the 1990 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship.[3] On club level she played with Stanford University.

Oden was the head volleyball coach at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California[4] During her four years coaching there, she recorded 100 wins and only 34 losses which took her teams to many CCS and Nor Cal Finals. Today, she is the Guidance and Counseling Director at the high school and occasionally announces Stanford volleyball matches.

Originally a Southern California resident of Irvine,[5] Oden now resides in Palo Alto.[6] Her sisters Elaina and Beverly were also outstanding volleyball players.


  • Three-time All-American
  • National Player of the Year in 1984 and 1985
  • Honda-Broderick Award in 1985[7]
  • Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1983, 1984 and 1985
  • 1990, Player of the Decade on the AVCA's All-Decade Team (1980s)
  • Holds the Cardinal single-match record for most blocks (16)
  • Voted MVP in 1995 in the National Four-Women Pro-Beach Tour


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Player Bio: Kim Oden". Stanford University Athletics. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  2. ^ "Women Volleyball XIII World Championship 1994 – Teams Composition. – United States". Archived from the original on June 27, 2015. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Krastev, Todor. "Women Volleyball XI World Championship 1990 Beijing (CHN) – 22.08–01.09 Winner Soviet Union". Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "Stanford Assistant Volleyball Coach Kim Oden Resigns". Stanford University Official Athletic Site. June 12, 2002. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  5. ^ "Oden Sisters to Reunite at Notre Dame-North Carolina Volleyball Match". Notre Dame Fighting Irish, The Official Athletic Site. October 16, 1997. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  6. ^ "Women's Volleyball: Kim Oden". Stanford University Official Athletic Site. Archived from the original on May 24, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  7. ^ "Volleyball". CWSA. Retrieved March 27, 2020.

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