|Old Dominion Monarchs|
|University||Old Dominion University|
|Head coach||Jeff Jones (7th season)|
|Arena||Ted Constant Convocation Center |
|Colors||Slate Blue, Silver, and Light Blue|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|1986, 1995, 2010|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1980, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2019|
|NIT Final Four|
|1979, 2006, 2015|
|NIT Second Round|
|1979, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2006, 2015|
|NIT Tournament Appearances|
|1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2006, 2015|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1969, 1980, 1982, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2019|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1986, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2010, 2019|
The Old Dominion Monarchs basketball team represents Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, United States in NCAA Division I men's competition. The school's team currently competes in the Conference USA. They were the Division II national champions in 1975, champions of the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in 2009, and champions of the inaugural Vegas 16 in 2016. The team last played in the Division I NCAA Tournament in 2019. The Monarchs are currently coached by Jeff Jones.
Old Dominion University has enjoyed an impressive basketball tradition. Since fielding its first team in 1930, Old Dominion has won 1,240 games in 81 years, a winning percentage of .591. Founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary, the institution gained independence in 1962 and became Old Dominion College. In 1969, University status was granted and the name was changed to Old Dominion University. The Monarchs have been selected for postseason play 20 times since moving up to Division I in 1976-77, eight by the NCAA and ten by the NIT. Twenty-two players have been accorded All-American honors since 1958, including first team selections Wilson Washington (1975-76), Joel Copeland (1973-74) and Dave Twardzik (1972-73).
Tommy Scott was the first coach at Old Dominion. A 1930 Graduate of VMI, he coached the Old Dominion men's basketball team (then known as the Norfolk "Braves") for 10 seasons til 1940. He compiled a record of 84-83. He also coached the football, track and baseball teams at Old Dominion. He retired from teaching and coaching in 1941 to pursue a business career. George Stirnweiss briefly coached Old Dominion for 2 seasons in the early 1940s, going just 4-29 during his tenure. Scrap Chandler followed as head coach of Old Dominion for 3 seasons going 27-24. The Old Dominion University Natatorium is named after Scrap Chandler. Old Dominion had two coaches in two years following Scrap Chandler in the mid-1940s. Julius Rubin and Jack Callahan went 14-8 and 21-8 respectively during their seasons.
Bud Metheny came to Old Dominion in 1948 and served as the baseball coach from 1948-1980 and the head basketball coach from 1948-65, compiling a 198-163 record and posting 16 winning seasons. His 198 wins were ultimately surpassed by Blaine Taylor on January 5, 2011. He also served as athletic director from 1963-1970.
Sonny Allen was named head coach at Old Dominion in 1965, following athletic director Bud Metheny's outstanding career. In ten years, Allen led the Monarchs to 181 wins, and a second place national finish at the 1970 NCAA Division II championships. In 1975 his Monarchs took the ultimate prize with the Division II National Championship.
Paul Webb took control in 1976-77 and led the Monarchs to the first NIT bid in program history. Webb successfully guided the Old Dominion program to one of the nation's premier Division I basketball programs. In nine seasons, Webb won 196 victories and took the Big Blue to eight national postseason tournaments. Webb reached the NCAA Tournament three times and the NIT five times. He also won 2 conference titles during his time as head coach of Old Dominion.
In 1985, the reins were turned over to Tom Young and he guided the Monarchs to a 23-8 mark in 1986 and an NCAA bid. The Monarchs advanced to the second round for the first time ever. In 1987-88, Old Dominion was 18-12 and earned a NIT bid.
In 1991-92, former captain Oliver Purnell returned to his alma mater and led Old Dominion to the CAA title and a trip to the NCAA. In 1993 and 1994 the Monarchs advanced to the second round of the NIT.
Jeff Capel took over in 1994-95 and guided the Monarchs to the second round of the NCAA after a stunning victory over third seed Villanova, 89-81 in triple overtime. Capel again guided Old Dominion to a CAA title and NCAA Tournament play in 1997.
In April 2001, Blaine Taylor became the Monarchs fifth Division I head coach. He guided ODU to the school's most wins in a single season (28) in 2004-05, winning the CAA crown and advancing to the NCAA tournament. The following year, ODU won another 24 games and reached the semi-finals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden. The 2007 Monarchs won another 24 games and advanced to the NCAA tournament as an at-large team. In 2008, ODU reached the quarterfinals of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational (CBI). In 2008-09 the Monarchs won the championship of the inaugural College Insider.com tournament with a 25-10 record. In 2009-10, ODU captured its fifth CAA title andadvanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament after beating sixth seeded Notre Dame, 51-50. In 2010-11, ODU won its second straight CAA crown and lost at the buzzer to Butler in the NCAA Tournament. In 2011-12, ODU advanced to the Quarterfinals of the CIT.
Jeff Jones became the head coach of Old Dominion for the 2013-14 season and has led ODU 1 NIT Final Four appearance. Jones is 89-51 in four years as head coach of the Monarchs. Jeff Jones lead the Monarchs to the 2019 Conference USA Championship and the 2019 NCAA Tournament where they fell to eventual Elite 8 participant Purdue in the first round.
The Monarchs have appeared in 12 Division I NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 3-12.
|1980||First Round||UCLA||L 74-87|
|1982||First Round||Wake Forest||L 57-74|
|1985||First Round||SMU||L 68-85|
|1992||First Round||Kentucky||L 69-88|
|W 89-81 3OT|
|1997||First Round||New Mexico||L 55-59|
|2005||First Round||Michigan State||L 81-89|
|2007||First Round||Butler||L 46-57|
|2011||Second Round||Butler||L 58-60|
|2019||First Round||Purdue||L 48-61|
*Following the introduction of the "First Four" round in 2011, the Round of 64 and Round of 32 were referred to as the Second Round and Third Round, respectively, from 2011 to 2015. Then from 2016 moving forward, the Round 64 and Round of 32 will be called the First and Second rounds, as they were prior to 2011.
The Monarchs have appeared in six NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Tournaments. Their combined record is 14-7. They were national champions in 1975.
Regional 3rd Place Game
National Championship Game
W 81-80 OT
L 87-88 OT
National Championship Game
National 3rd Place Game
The Monarchs have appeared in 11 National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 11-11.
|1977||First Round||Villanova||L 68-71|
|1981||First Round||Georgia||L 60-74|
|1983||First Round||South Carolina||L 90-100|
|1984||First Round||Notre Dame||L 62-67|
|1988||First Round||Ohio State||L 73-86|
The Monarchs have appeared in two College Basketball Invitational. Their combined record is 3-2.
|South Dakota State
The Monarchs have appeared in two CollegeInsider.com Tournaments. They were champions of the inaugural tournament in 2009. Their combined record is 6-1.
The Monarchs appeared in, and won, the first and only Vegas 16. Their record was 3-0.
UC Santa Barbara
Since moving into the Ted Constant Convocation Center in 2002 the Old Dominion men's basketball team has experienced a high winning percentage with an outstanding home court advantage.
|Year||Home Record||Attendance||Average Per Game||National Ranking|
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First team All-Americans
Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year
Old Dominion University Hall of Fame members
|1974-75||Sonny Allen||25-6||Division II NCAA Champions|
|1976-77||Paul Webb||25-4||NIT 1st Round|
|1978-79||Paul Webb||23-7||NIT Quarterfinals|
|Colonial Athletic Association (1979-1982)|
|1979-80||Paul Webb||25-5||NCAA 1st Round|
|1980-81||Paul Webb||18-10||NIT 1st Round|
|1981-82||Paul Webb||18-12||NCAA 1st Round|
|Sun Belt Conference (1982-1991)|
|1982-83||Paul Webb||19-10||12-2||NIT 1st Round|
|1983-84||Paul Webb||19-12||9-5||NIT 1st Round|
|1984-85||Paul Webb||19-12||12-5||NCAA 1st Round|
|1985-86||Tom Young||23-8||11-3||1st||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1987-88||Tom Young||18-12||9-5||NIT 1st Round|
|Colonial Athletic Association (1991-2013)|
|1991-92||Oliver Purnell||15-15||8-6||NCAA 1st Round|
|1992-93||Oliver Purnell||21-8||11-3||NIT 2nd Round|
|1993-94||Oliver Purnell||21-10||10-4||NIT 2nd Round|
|1994-95||Jeff Capel||21-12||12-2||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1996-97||Jeff Capel||22-11||10-6||NCAA 1st Round|
|1998-99||Jeff Capel||25-9||10-6||NIT 2nd Round|
|2004-05||Blaine Taylor||28-6||15-3||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|2005-06||Blaine Taylor||24-10||13-5||4th||NIT Semifinals|
|2006-07||Blaine Taylor||24-9||15-3||2nd||NCAA 1st Round|
|2007-08||Blaine Taylor||18-16||11-7||4th||CBI Quarterfinals|
|2008-09||Blaine Taylor||25-10||12-6||3rd||CIT Champions|
|2009-10||Blaine Taylor||27-9||15-3||1st||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2010-11||Blaine Taylor||27-7||14-4||2nd||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2011-12||Blaine Taylor||22-14||13-5||4th||CIT Quarterfinals|
|Conference USA (2013-Present)|
|2013-14||Jeff Jones||18-18||9-7||6th||CBI Semifinals|
|2014-15||Jeff Jones||27-8||13-5||2nd||NIT Semifinals|
|2015-16||Jeff Jones||25-13||12-6||T-3rd||Vegas 16 Champions|
|2018-19||Jeff Jones||26-9||13-5||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
Postseason invitational champion