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Marymount Athletics Announces 14th Hall of Fame Class

Marymount Athletics Announces 14th Hall of Fame Class

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Marymount University Athletics Hall of Fame committee is proud to announce its 14th Class, set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, October 18, at The Westin Arlington Gateway. 

This year's class has three individuals consisting of: Kerry Adler (Women's Lacrosse, Class of 2006), Jodie Knotts (Women's Basketball, Class of 2003), and Amanda Shanks (Women's Swimming, Class of 2008).

The induction ceremony will be a part of Homecoming Weekend, on Friday, October 18. Join the celebration by heading to our Hall of Fame page here, for registration, special rates on hotel rooms and more.

 

Kerry Adler
Women's Lacrosse, Class of 2006

"I am so honored to become a member of the Hall of Fame. Looking at the current members of elite athletes, and now to be a part of this
group of individuals is something I never imagined. I am very grateful for this opportunity."  ~ Kerry Adler

 
Kerry was a key contributer to the women's lacrosse program during her time as a Saint, leaving marks in the record book that have held in the top tier for over 13 years. 
 
She was a two-time Virginia All-State member her junior and senior season, but it was her senior year that was most recognizable. On top of being All-State, she also earned All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) and Second-Team All-Region. 
 
She graduated the program as the career leader in points (178), assists (57), ground balls (225), draw controls (134), and caused turnovers (69). She still remains in the top seven of all of those categories almost 14 years later, but continues to hold the career ground balls record. She also held the single-season ground balls record of 72 in 2005, a tally that now sits second today. 
 
Kerry currently resides in Tyson's Corner, Virginia, right across the street from where she has worked for 12 years, Sparks Group. They are the largest privately held staffing agencies in the DC Metro Area, and she is responsible in training, mentoring and developing recruiters and sales individuals for Northern Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina Territories. She has also started her own photography business, which she does in her free time as much as she can. She specializes in landscape, family photography, dog portraits, professional headshots, engagements, new born, and military coming home shoots.

 

Jodie Knotts
Women's Basketball, Class of 2003

"My years playing as a Saint flew by so very quickly. It wasn't until long after the games and the practices ended that I realized how much each moment meant to me. I was so many people during that time. Friend, athlete, daughter, teammate, sister, player, woman. My safest and truest expression of myself always came from being on the court. And here we are, as the value of my time as a Saint has really settled in to my heart, that Marymount suddenly and surprisingly reminds me that I was as important to this school as it was to me. Marymount sent me on a journey to finding and exploring the very best of me. I'm a very different person today than I was 16 years ago, but my heart, for this university, has grown so very big. I'm not simply honored by this award. I'm blessed by it and all that it means for my alma mater and me. I'm excited to join the list of my teammates and coaches in Marymount's Hall of Fame."  ~ Jodie Knotts

 

Jodie was a big piece of the success of the women's basketball program in the early 2000s, helping guide her teams to two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and the program's longest run to the Final Four in 2002. She also was a part of the 2003 CAC Championship squad, while making the championship game two other years. 

Athletically, she was a two-time All-CAC member, and sits 11th all-time in career steals, 14th all-time in scoring and rebounding, and 15th all-time in assists. She was Co-Captain her senior year, and also was named MVP of the Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament. She finished with 1,208 points at an average of 10.9 per game through four years, 653 rebounds, 233 assists, and 209 steals. 

Academically, she was a four-time CAC Scholar Athlete and was named CoSIDA/Verizon Academic All-District.

Jodie resides in her hometown in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Mark, and their three children, Alena (13), Mya (11) and Marco (9), who keep her busy with sports and activities. She continues to coach through all levels of youth and varsity programs at her High School Alma Mater. Her teams have consistently earned regional, state, and national titles under her influence. She also owns an event planning and decorating company, Events 143, LLC to plan and coordinate weddings, fundraisers and camps. 

Amanda Shanks
Women's Swimming, Class of 2008

"Being elected to the Marymount Saints' Hall of Fame was quite a surprise. I always participated in swimming because it was something I loved to do.
It is quite an honor to be held among Marymount's top athletes.~ Amanda Shanks

Amanda left quite a mark in program history during her time in the Marymount pool, setting five records, including two that she still holds today. 

A four-time CAC Swimmer of the Week, she secured two silver finishes in the 2006 conference championships in the 500 Freestyle and the 1650 Freestyle. To go along with her accolades, she was also named a 2007 Academic All-State for Virginia. 

She still holds program records in the 1650 Freestyle with a time of 18:02.05 and teamed up with three others to hold the record in the 800 Freestyle Relay in a time of 8:00.80. Both record times have held for 13 years, as both were achieved in the 2006 season. 

Amanda graduated the program with two other records as well as the second-best time in the 200 Freestyle. Her time of 10:55.77 in the 1000 Freestyle and 5:15.52 in the 500 Freestyle were both the best times when she left the pool in 2008, and still sit second in program history today. In the 200 Free, she collected a time of 1:59.64, which now is the fifth-best time. 

Amanda now lives in Newport News, Virginia with her husband and two children. She achieved her goal of becoming a Physical Therapist, working with exercise to restore people's lives. Her children are now learning and active in swimming as well as in other sports. She loves that she is able to share the principles and dedication she learned from her involvement in organized swimming with her children and all of her clients.