Two-time defending ODAC champion Washington and Lee University was picked as the favorite entering the 2017 season as the Generals received 10 first place votes towards 100 total points to lead the ODAC Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll. Bridgewater College follows close behind with 90 tallies and the remaining top consideration, while Lynchburg College rounds out the top-three in the annual coaches' survey with 81 points.
Two-time defending champion Washington and Lee University is the clear favorite atop the ODAC Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll with 120 points and 10 first place votes, but just four tallies separate the next four teams in the annual coaches' survey. Roanoke College slots in second with 95 points, while Eastern Mennonite University chimes in third with 92 markers. Bridgewater College and Lynchburg College both occupy fourth position, each having picked up one first place vote and 91 total points.
Emory & Henry College rattled off five straight wins to close the 2016 season, and the conference's head coaches have picked the Wasps to maintain that momentum as they top the ODAC Football Preseason Poll. E&H earned 32 points including five first place votes, putting them six tallies clear of defending champion Randolph-Macon College. The Yellow Jackets and Hampden-Sydney College, positioned fourth in the survey, split the remaining two top nods. Washington and Lee University slots in between the two rivals in third with 24 points.
Two-time defending ODAC champion Randolph-Macon College opens the season as the favorite to capture a third straight trophy as the Yellow Jackets lead the ODAC Volleyball Preseason Poll. R-MC secured 10 first place votes and 118 total points in the annual survey of the league's head coaches. Washington and Lee University sits second with 109 tallies and one top nod, while Bridgewater College rounds out the top three with 97 points and the remaining first place vote.
Eastern Mennonite University has announced the resignation of Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Isaac Bryan, effective August 18. With cross country season starting later this month, recent standout Hannah Chappell-Dick has been hired as the interim cross country coach, starting August 9. Director of Athletics Dave King will serve as the director of cross country and track & field until a replacement is hired.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2016-17 ODAC Sportsmanship Teams in each of the conference's 24 sponsored sports. The squads are comprised of a student-athlete selected by the coaches staffs of each team competing under the banner with all sports and schools fully represented.
Old Dominion Athletic Conference student-athletes set a record for the eighth straight season and topped the 2,000-mark for the first time as 2,001 honorees comprise the 2016-17 ODAC All-Academic Team. Representatives from each of the conference's 17 member institutions -- 14 full-time and three associates -- pushed the squad's total over 1,000 for the 11th consecutive year.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) will welcome a new institution to its membership in a year’s time as the ODAC President’s Council confirmed the acceptance of Ferrum College as the league’s 15th full-time member. The Panthers will begin competition under the ODAC banner in the 2018-19 academic year.
Hampden-Sydney College announced today the appointment of Mr. Chad Eisele as director of athletics. Mr. Eisele's appointment follows a comprehensive, nationwide search led by a committee that included Hampden-Sydney coaches, members of the Faculty, and representatives from the Board of Trustees.
Guilford College men's golf coach Justin Tereshko won the 57th North Carolina Amateur Championship Sunday at the River Run Country Club. The Quakers' fourth-year mentor entered the Sunday's fourth and final round with a three-stroke lead over Lansdon Robbins and maintained the margin with a one-over 73 Sunday.
For the second straight year, Washington and Lee University and Eastern Mennonite University feature in the ODAC's highest scholar-athlete honors. Generals' women's tennis star Brooke Donnelly is joined by Royals' men's track & field and cross country standout Tyler Denlinger as the winners of the 2017 Marjorie Berkley and Harry G. "Doc" Jopson Scholar-Athlete Awards, as selected by the ODAC Board of Directors.
Bridgewater College women's golfer Christina Herbert and Virginia Wesleyan University softball pitcher Hanna Hull both earned nominations for the Division III Woman Athlete of the Year award as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.