- Major: Physical Education & Exercise Science Studies
- HS: Liverpool, class of 2018
Holly Sleeth was prepared to stop playing basketball after high school. Her plan was to go to SUNY Cortland where she would not be part of the basketball team. Everything changed last March when Sleeth and her Liverpool Warriors were winning games during a post-season tournament run. “Coach (Mike) Wheeler reached out to me and I started thinking about playing basketball at OCC, living at home and saving money. It turned out to be a win-win for me.”
Things couldn’t have worked out better. Sleeth is a starter on OCC’s Women’s Basketball team which is ranked among the top five in the nation. She’s also a high-achieving student, having earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average in the fall semester after hitting a bump in the first few weeks of classes. “I was taking Anatomy & Physiology which everyone told me was going to be a lot of work. I failed a quiz and the professor emailed Coach Wheeler through Lazer Success. Coach talked to me about it and I got down to studying.” That early contact between professor and coach helped turn things around and Sleeth earned an “A” in the class.
When basketball season ends, Sleeth will join OCC’s Women’s Lacrosse team which also has a long history of success. She’ll continue to juggle athletics and academics as she works toward her degree in Physical Education & Exercise Science Studies. “I haven’t felt stressed about time management. I’ve been able to get things done in a timely manner, get to practice and games and still have time for a personal life with my friends and family. I made the right choice coming here both academically and with sports. I never wanted to stay home for college but being home has helped me adjust to college.”