Predicting the outcome of any ODAC football season is a difficult task, but doing so for the 2018 campaign may be one of the most daunting in recent memory for even the conference's head coaches. The annual preseason poll features two ties including for the top spot, two additional teams separated by just one point, and first place votes split amongst four squads.
Washington and Lee University and Randolph-Macon College, the two most recent NCAA tournament teams from the ODAC ranks (in 2017 and 2016, respectively) sit tied atop the yearly coach's survey with 44 total points. The defending champion Generals secured four first place votes, while the Yellow Jackets picked up a pair. Hampden-Sydney College stands alone in third with 37 tallies and one top nod, while ODAC newcomer Ferrum College and Shenandoah University are locked for fourth with 26 markers. The Panthers earned the remaining first place vote as they join the league table as the eighth football-playing member.
A familiar team sits atop the 2018 ODAC Field Hockey Preseason Poll as Washington and Lee University tops the chart produced by the league's head coaches for a third straight season. The Generals collected 62 total points including six first place votes. The University of Lynchburg sits second with 55 tallies and a pair of top nods, while Roanoke College rounds out the upper trio with 51 markers and the remaining first place consideration.
The top-six places in the ODAC Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll shuffled positions this season, except for the top spot. Three-time defending ODAC champion Washington and Lee University garnered 10 first place votes for the second straight year on the way to 141 total points. The University of Lynchburg moved up a few rungs to second position with 128 markers including a pair of first place votes. Bridgewater College sits third with 111 tallies, while Shenandoah University climbs to fourth with 108 points and the remaining top nod.
The top of the ODAC Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll looks much the same as last year with three-time defending champion Washington and Lee University heading the list produced annually by the league's head coaches. The Generals collected 11 first place votes on the way to a chart-topping 121 points. Bridgewater College and the University of Lynchburg also held suit from a season ago in second and third positions, respectively. The Eagles picked up 110 tallies including the remaining top nod, while the Hornets garnered 100 total points.
The 2018 season opens with one of tightest preseason polls in recent ODAC volleyball history as Washington and Lee University holds the top position by just one point over Randolph-Macon College in the annual coach's survey. The Generals garnered 139 total points powered by seven first place votes, while the three-time defending champion Yellow Jackets secured the remaining six top nods on the way to 138 tallies.
Eastern Mennonite University has announced Jenny Logan as the new Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Logan recently completed her third season at Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Hollins University and will start in Harrisonburg on August 23. She replaces Kevin Griffin, who announced his resignation in July.
Hollins University has named Sherri West as director of the school's equestrian program and head riding coach. She will oversee all aspects of the program, including teaching classes, conducting practices, and preparing the equestrian team and individual riders for competition in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
Sweet Briar College has hired Jacob Smith, most recently an assistant cross country/track and field coach at Coe College, as its head cross country and strength and conditioning coach. Prior to his time at Coe, Smith was the assistant cross country/track and field coach at Christopher Newport University.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2017-18 ODAC Sportsmanship Teams in each of the conference's 24 sponsored sports. The squads are comprised of a student-athlete selected by the coaching staffs of each team competing under the conference banner with all sports and schools fully represented.
Randolph-Macon Athletic Director Jeff Burns announced Thursday that Jill Briles-Hinton has been selected to lead the Randolph-Macon Women's Golf program. Briles-Hinton touts more than 15 years of collegiate coaching experience at the University of Richmond and the University of Florida, as well as spending 12 years on the LPGA Tour.
David Cheromei, who led Virginia Intermont College to historic success as a student-athlete, has been named the head coach for the Emory & Henry College men's & women's cross country/track & field teams.
Sweet Briar College has hired Jason Capps, former assistant women’s soccer coach at Bridgewater College, as its head soccer coach. Capps has spent the last nine seasons at Bridgewater, including the 2012 season that saw the Eagles reach the ODAC championship match.
Director of Athletics Myra Sims is pleased to announce the hiring of Alex Kosicki to lead the Hollins tennis program. After a nationwide search, Kosicki is scheduled to take over the day-to-day operations of the program on August 6th.
ODAC student-athletes continued their historic trend of performing not only in the athletic arena, but also in the classroom as 1,994 individuals earned recognition on the 2017-18 ODAC All-Academic Team. Representatives from each of the conference's 16 member institutions -- 14 full-time and two associates -- pushed the squad's total over 1,000 for the 12th consecutive year and came up just a half-dozen shy of marking two straight seasons with 2,000 or more honorees.
Sweet Briar College announced today that Jodi Canfield will join the College as athletics director on Aug. 1. Canfield, who has served as assistant athletics director at St. Lawrence University in New York since 2014, brings more than 20 years of combined experience in collegiate athletics administration, compliance, coaching, teaching, counseling and development. At Sweet Briar, she will serve on the president’s cabinet and oversee seven NCAA Division III varsity teams, as well as the equestrian program.
The ODAC picked up a rather unique honor from NCAA Division III as the recipient of the Division III Diversity Initiative Spotlight for June following a successful Women in Athletics Symposium. In addition to the recognition, the conference received a $500 stipend towards its next diversity initiative.