Karen Anderson-O'Connell had an outstanding athletic career in two sports during her student days at Carleton from 1987 to 1991 - soccer for five years, and basketball as well during her last year. She captained the soccer team during four seasons; she was named team Most Valuable Player three times. In 1989, she was named to the All-Canadian second team, and was also Co-Most Valuable Player for Ontario East. She received Carleton's Ruth Coe Memorial Award (Female Athlete of the Year) in 1989-90, and the Alumni Award in 1991-2. Karen continued her leadership role with the Soccer Ravens after graduation, as assistant coach for four years, and head coach from 1997 to 2002.