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Old Dominion Monarchs

Old Dominion Monarchs and 
UniversityOld Dominion University
ConferenceConference USA (primary)
NCAADivision I FBS
Athletic directorCamden Wood Selig
LocationNorfolk, Virginia
Varsity teams18
Football stadiumS.B. Ballard Stadium
Basketball arenaChartway Arena
Baseball stadiumBud Metheny Baseball Complex
Sailing venueODU sailing center
MascotBig Blue
ColorsSlate Blue, Silver, and Light Blue[1]

The Old Dominion Monarchs and Lady Monarchs are composed of 18 teams representing Old Dominion University in intercollegiate athletics. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf, sailing, soccer, swimming, and tennis. Women's sports include basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, golf, sailing, soccer, swimming, tennis, rowing, and volleyball. The Monarchs compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and are members of Conference USA (C-USA)[2] as their primary conference affiliation.

The football team played one season as an independent as part of the transition to FBS and began competing as a full football-playing member of C-USA in 2014.

Old Dominion's field hockey team competes in the Big East Conference. The field hockey program had previously announced that it would join the original Big East for the 2013-14 school year. However, following the split of the original Big East, the two successor conferences, the new Big East and the American Athletic Conference, agreed that The American would not sponsor field hockey, and the new Big East would take in all of The American's programs in those sports as associate members.

The women's lacrosse team spent the 2013-14 academic year as an independent before joining the Atlantic Sun Conference as an associate member effective July 1, 2014. In 2017 it was announced that Old Dominion Women's Lacrosse would compete in the Big East Conference beginning in 2019.[3] In 2014 the women's rowing team became an associate member of the Big 12 Conference, which effectively took over sponsorship of that sport from C-USA.[4] Later, the University announced that the rowing team would change its conference affiliation and compete in the American Athletic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 school year.[5]

Following the move to Conference USA, the men's swimming and diving team competed for two years as an independent, as C-USA does not sponsor the sport. On July 16, 2015, the team announced it would join the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association, later renamed the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association, beginning with the 2015-16 season.[6]

In 2017, the university announced it would add Women's Volleyball as a scholarship sport, slated to compete in Conference USA beginning in 2020.[7] The university discontinued wrestling in April 2020 after a study on the athletic departments sport sponsorship, combined with added financial pressure from the coronavirus pandemic.[8]

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Field hockey
Football Lacrosse
Golf Golf
Sailing Sailing
Soccer Soccer
Swimming Swimming
Tennis Tennis

Conference affiliation

Conference USA logo in Old Dominion's colors
Conference Sports Affiliated
Conference USA Men's and Women's Basketball
Men's and Women's Golf
Men's and Women's Soccer
Women's Swimming and Diving
Men's and Women's Tennis
Women's Volleyball
American Athletic Conference Rowing
Women's Lacrosse
Big East Conference Field Hockey
Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Men's Swimming
Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association Sailing


Field hockey

The ODU Monarchs field hockey team is one of the most successful college field hockey programs in the nation. Overall the team has won 17 regular season conference titles and 15 conference tournament titles including eight straight CAA regular season and tournament titles from 1996 to 2003.[9] The team has also won an NCAA field hockey record nine national titles. From 1990 to 1993 the Monarchs won 66 straight games including three national titles. As of 2013, 50 different Monarchs have been named All-Americans.

  • National Championships - 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2000
  • Conference Tournament Championships - CAA: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Conference Championships - CAA: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012; Big East: 2013
  • NCAA Tournaments - 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Note that field hockey is one of two ODU women's sports that uses "Monarchs" as its nickname instead of "Lady Monarchs", the other being lacrosse. The coeducational team in the non-NCAA sport of sailing also uses "Monarchs".

Discontinued sports


Old Dominion Monarchs wrestling was established in 1957. The school's departure from the CAA forced the wrestling team to become an associate member of the Mid-American Conference, as Conference USA does not sponsor wrestling. It also was a catalyst that caused the CAA to stop sponsoring the sport. Practices took place at the Wrestling Facility and dual meets and tournaments were held at the Ted Constant Convocation Center located on campus.[10]

Former Monarch wrestlers who went on to compete in mixed martial arts include Brandon Vera (formerly UFC) and Shanon Slack (Bellator).

The wrestling program was discontinued in April 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the university to cut back for financial reasons.[8] The team's last head coach was Steve Martin, who had spent the last 16 years with the program.[11]


  • 1994 ACC Champion
  • 3 Individual NCAA Championship Titles: Carl Ragland (152 lbs) in 1969, Wayne Bright (142 1bs) in 1970, Terry Perdew (118 lbs) in 1974
  • 21 NCAA All-Americans
  • Coaches Association National Academic 1st team selections: James Nicholson 2009,10 & 11, Kyle Hutter 2009 & 2011, Ryan Williams 2008 & 2009, and Tristan Warner 2012.[12]


NCAA team championships

Old Dominion has 10 NCAA team national championships.[13]


  1. ^ "ODU Athletics Logo Identity Guidelines" (PDF). Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Old Dominion Official Athletic Site". odusports.com. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ |url=https://www.pilotonline.com/sports/college/old-dominion/article_77487975-e054-5d8a-a5ac-d6de704979ed.html
  4. ^ "Big 12 Invites Affiliates to Rowing Championship" (Press release). Big 12 Conference. January 31, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ |url=https://odusports.com/news/2018/6/20/211718914.aspx%7C
  6. ^ "ODU Men's Swimming to Join the CCSA" (Press release). Old Dominion Monarchs and Lady Monarchs. July 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ |url=Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association
  8. ^ a b Parsons, Brian (April 3, 2020). "Old Dominion eliminates wrestling program effective immediately". WAVY TV 10. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ http://www.odusports.com/fls/31100/pdfs/fh/2013ODUFHRecordBook.pdf?SPSID=750423&SPID=127312&DB_OEM_ID=31100
  10. ^ "ODU Wrestling Information Facts". Old Dominion University Athletics.
  11. ^ "ODU Discontinues Wrestling Program". Old Dominion Monarchs. April 2, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ "ODU Wrestling Stats" (PDF). Old Dominion University Athletics. 2007-2008. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/champs_records_book/Overall.pdf

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