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Location: Norfolk, Va.
Nickname: Monarchs & Lady Monarchs
Colors: Slate Blue, Silver and Light Blue
President: John R. Broderick
Athletics Director: Dr. Wood Selig
Facebook: Old Dominion University Athletics
Conference History: This will be ODU’s first year in Conference USA. They were previously members of the Colonial Athletic Association since 1991.
Proper References: Old Dominion, ODU
Athletic Accomplishments: Men’s Basketball holds six conference titles, the most of any Colonial Athletic Association schools. In 2010, the Monarchs men’s basketball program received a bid to the NCAA tournament and upset sixth-ranked Notre Dame. Women’s Basketball won three national titles and won 17 consecutive CAA titles.
Noteworthy Accomplishments: ODU was the first school to award an athletic scholarship to a female in the state of Virginia. In 2011, the Folkes- Stevens Tennis Center was voted the #1 tennis center in Virginia. Old Dominion re-started their football program in 2009, and has sold out every game with 28 consecutive sellouts in four years.
- BEN BAILEY - Host of TV Show, Cash Cab
- CAL BOWDLER - Former NBA Player & first round selection
- MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD - Space Shuttle and ISS Astronaut
- ANNE DONOVAN - First Women's Naismith College Player of the Year selection (1983) and 1995 inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame; two-time Olympic gold medalist as a player and coach; and former WNBA Coach, current head coach at Seton Hall.
- CHRIS GATLING - Former NBA player & first round selection
- MILLS E. GODWIN JR. - Two-term Governor of Virginia
- JAY HARRIS - Professional sportscaster; ESPN SportsCenter anchor
- WILBERT JAMES, JR. - President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing
- NANCY LIEBERMAN - Basketball player and coach; silver medalist in 1976 Olympics; 2000 inductee into Basketball Hall of Fame
- TOMMY NEWSOM - Assistant Director of The Tonight Show band
- BETH POLSON - Emmy award-winning producer of the Barbara Walters Specials
- OLIVER PURNELL - Head men's basketball coach at DePaul
- KENNETH SAMET - President & CEO of MedStar Health, the largest not for profit healthcare delivery system in the Baltimore-Washington, DC region.
- DEBORAH SHELTON - 1970 Miss USA; Actress
- ANNA TUNNICLIFFE - 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist for USA Sailing
- JUSTIN VERLANDER - Pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, AL Cy Young and MVP
- MARK WEST - Former NBA player & current Vice President of Player Programs for the Phoenix Suns
Sponsored Sports (17):
MEN (8) - Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Wrestling
WOMEN (8) - Basketball, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Rowing Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis
COED (1) - Sailing