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The Records of the ODU Athletics Department

HISTORY

The Department of Athletics recruits and develops a diverse population of highly skilled student-athletes that compete at the NCAA Division I level. Their commitment is to enable student-athletes to reach their full potential academically, athletically, and as citizens. They enrich the campus experience and serve as a gateway to the University by enhancing its visibility and reputation.

HISTORICAL TIMELINE

Staff

  • Thomas L. Scott was appointed athletic director of the athletic department of the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary (which was later to become Old Dominion University) in July 1930. 
  • Joseph C. Chandler became athletic director of the Norfolk division in 1942.  Starting as a coach for basketball and baseball, he also taught physical education.  Swimming and track resumed operations in Norfolk following the end of the war.  Chandler concentrated on coaching swimming and track and swimming as an intercollegiate sport was re-instated in 1945.
  • Arthur “Bud” Metheny was hired as the coach of the baseball and basketball programs in 1949.  Metheny was a former professional player and saw action with the Yankees between 1943 and 1946.  Under Metheny, the basketball program witnessed an improvement in its schedule and stayed competitive.  With the aid of some star players, Metheny improved the success of the baseball program as well.  Metheny became athletic director in 1963 and stopped coaching basketball in 1965.  He stopped coaching baseball in 1969 only to take the post again two years later.  He retired from coaching in 1980.

Growth of the Athletic Department

  • The Norfolk Division played mainly high school teams during the 1930s. 
  • In 1959, the Norfolk Division became an associate member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and gained eligibility to participate in N.C.A.A. sponsored post-season events.
  • The athletics department of the old Norfolk division, re-named Old Dominion College in 1962, had success during the 1960s.  Also in 1962 O.D.C. became the 16th member of the Mason-Dixon Conference; a large step forward in gaining ground towards major athletic status. 

Baseball

  • Baseball began in the early 1930s yet was dropped in 1940 due to lack of facilities, money and opponents. 
  • The baseball program saw irregular schedules during 1943 and 1944 and was suspended in 1945. 
  • Jack Callahan and Everett Tolson revived the program in 1946 and 1947. 
  • The biggest mover in terms of Norfolk division athletics in the 1950s, the baseball program was able to play against better teams as those teams in the north came south in the winter. 
  • Their first major opponent was against Dartmouth College in the spring of 1953. 
  • National recognition was gained during the1960s for its high level of success, including winning N.C.A.A. regional championships played at Yankee Stadium.

Basketball

  • Basketball at the Norfolk division received its foundation during the 1930s. 
  • The basketball program weathered the time of war and former Norfolk division player Julius Rubin became the coach in 1946 and succeeded by Jack Callahan, his former teammate. 
  • During the 1950s the Norfolk division’s athletics progressed significantly, including basketball.  The regular venue for basketball was moved from the school’s gymnasium to the Norfolk Arena with the first game in the Norfolk Arena being played on the 4th of January, 1960. 
  • The 1950s saw the basketball program step forward and gain better opponents with the last junior college dropped from the schedule in 1956. 

Football

  • The first game was played on September 26, 1930 against Suffolk High School.
  • During their 10 years the Braves won 62 games, lost 19, and tied 4.
  • Lack of an audience and debt caused football operations to cease at the Norfolk division in 1941. 
  • The football team was returned to ODU in 2009.
  • For more information on the history of ODU Football, see our online exhibit at:
    http://www.lib.odu.edu/exhibits/football_fall2009/index.htm

Swimming and Track

  • Swimming and track started at the Norfolk division in the 1930s.
  • Under Joseph C. Chandler the swimming team won conference titles in 1956 and 1957. 

Women’s Athletics

  • By 1931, the Norfolk Division had a women’s basketball team. They played their first game in March 1931 against William and Mary’s freshman team.
  • The women’s athletics program began in 1936. 
  • Originally, the women’s athletics program was limited to field hockey and basketball on a competitive level, the rest being intramural athletics.
  • Since 1975, the Lady Monarchs have proven themselves as a formidable team.
  • In 1984-1985, the Lady Monarchs won their first NCAA championship, and their third national title with a victory over the University of Georgia.
  • Women’s field hockey extends back to the early history of the Norfolk Division.
  • From 1982 to 1984, the women’s field hockey teams won consecutive NCAA national championships in those years.

SCOPE AND CONTENTS

This collection includes guides, programs, publicity, newsletters, tickets, and bumper stickers for man and women’s basketball, football, lacrosse, sailing, golf, and other sports. Administrative correspondence is also included. The documents in this collection are dated 1930 to 2011.

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

The Records of the ODU Athletics are divided into the following series:

Series 1—General ODU Athletics
Series 2 – Individual Sports
Subseries A. Baseball
Subseries B. Men’s Basketball
Subseries C. Women’s Basketball
Subseries D. Football
Subseries E. Soccer
Subseries F. Other Sports

Series 3 – Publications
Subseries A. Athletics Summaries
Subseries B. Big Blue Briefs
Subseries C. Sports News Publications

PROVENANCE

Unknown.

ACCESS

Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.

SIZE

13 Hollinger Document Cases

COLLECTION NUMBER

RG 2-8A

CONTAINER LISTING

Box 1

Series 1—General ODU Athletics

Folder 1 – Misc. 1955-2010
Folder 2 – Intramurals 1963-81
Folder 3 – Monarch Booster Club 1968-84  
Folder 4 – Student Athlete Handbook 1969-92
Folder 5 – ODU Sponsored Camps 1977-88
Folder 6 – The Monarch Club 1979
Folder 7 – Big Blue Club 1979-89
Folder 8 – Honors Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction 1976-2000
Folder 9 – Recreation Athletics 1981-89
Folder 10 – CAA Silver Anniversary Celebration 1985-2010
Folder 11 – 11th Annual Endowed Athletics Scholarship Recipient Luncheon 1999
Folder 12 – Athletics Roster 2004
Folder 13 – Undated Misc.
Folder 14 – Big Blue Club, Misc.

Box 2

Series 2 – Individual Sports

Subseries A. Baseball

Folder 1 – Season Programs 1977-92
Folder 2 – Misc. (Cards, Tournaments, Camps, Stats) 1978-1993
Folder 3 – Season Programs 1993-2000

Subseries B. Men’s Basketball

Folder 4 – Media Guides 1955-77
Folder 5 – Media Guides 1978-81
Folder 6 – Misc. (Season information, schedules, merchandise) 1978-99; 2010-2011
Folder 7 – Non-ODU Publications 1979
Folder 8 – Basketball Rules and Regulations 1979-80
Folder 9 – Media Guides 1981-89

Box 3

Folder 1 –Game and Tournament Programs 1972-78
Folder 2 – Media Guides 1990-92
Folder 3 – Media Guides 1992-95
Folder 4 – Media Guides 1997-99
Folder 5 – Media Guides 2000-2004
Folder 6 – Media Guides 2006-2008

Box 4

Folder 1 – Game and Tournament Programs 1977-80
Folder 2 – Game and Tournament Programs 1981-99

Subseries C. Women’s Basketball

Folder 3 – Pam Parson 1977, Women’s Basketball Coach
Folder 4 – Misc. 1977-2008 (Brochures, Statistics, Schedules, Ticket info)
Folder 5 – Media and Season Programs 1978-87
Folder 6 – Media and Season Programs 1987-92
Folder 7 – Media and Season Programs 1992-97
Folder 8 – Media and Season Programs 1997-2001

Box 5

Folder 1 – Game and Tournament Programs 1976-80
Folder 2 – Game and Tournament Programs 1980-93
Folder 3 – Media and Season Programs 2001-2007
Folder 4 – Media and Season Programs 2007-2010

Box 6 

Subseries D. Football

Folder 1 – Norfolk Division, William and Mary Scrapbook. 1930-1941
Folder 2 – Game Programs 1936-1938
Folder 3 – Press Clippings 1963-2007
Folder 4 – Dr. Robert A Magoon, ODU Football 1971-1990
Folder 5 – Dr. Robert A Magoon, ODU Football 1992-1993
Folder 6 – Game Guides September 5 – October 17 2009
Folder 7 – Game Guides October 31, 2009 – September 18, 2010
Folder 8 – Football Media Guides 2009-2010, Ticket Information
Folder 9 – Digital Archives, no date
Folder 10 – Digital Archives, no date
Folder 11 – Listing of News Articles and Press Clippings, no date

Box 7

Subseries E. Soccer

Folder 1 – Men’s Soccer Season Programs 1977-90
Folder 2 – Men’s Soccer Misc.  1979-99 (Stats, Tournament Programs, Ticket info)
Folder 3 – Men’s Soccer Season Programs 1991-1995
Folder 4 – Women’s Soccer Season Programs 1994-99
Folder 5 – Men’s Soccer Season Programs 1997-2010

 Subseries F. Other Sports

Folder 6 – Aerobics and Martial Arts Programs (no date)
Folder 7 – Cross Country Programs 1986-99
Folder 8 – Field Hockey Season Programs 1976-99; (Tournament, Ticket, and Camp info)
Folder 9 – Golf Programs 1977-2010

 Box 8

Folder 1 –Swimming and Diving Programs 1975-2000
Folder 2 –Wrestling Programs 1976-99
Folder 3 – Wrestling Misc. 1977-85
Folder 4 – Tennis Programs 1977-2007
Folder 5 – Tennis Misc. 1977-86 (Tournament and Camp info)
Folder 6 – Sailing Programs 1986-2010
Folder 7 – Lacrosse Programs 1987-2000
Folder 8 – Golf Programs 2004-2010

Box 9

Series 3 – Publications

Subseries A: Athletics Summaries

Folder 1 – Athletic Summaries 1978-81; 1985-89
Folder 2 – Athletics Summaries 1989-1992
Folder 3 – Athletic Summaries 1993-96
Folder 4 – Athletic Summaries 1997-2000
Folder 5 – Athletic Summaries 2002-2006
Folder 6 – Athletic Summaries 2006-2008
Folder 7 – Athletic Summaries 2008-2010

Box 10

Sub series B: Big Blue Briefs

Folder 1 – Big Blue Briefs 1985-99

Subseries C: Sports News Publication

Folder 2 – Sports News Feb 1974
Folder 3 – Sports News March 1974
Folder 4 – Sports News April 1974
Folder 5 – Sports News May 1974
Folder 6 – Sports News June 1974
Folder 7 – Sports News July 1974
Folder 8 – Sports News August 1974
Folder 9 – Sports News Sept. 1974
Folder 10 – Sports News October 1974
Folder 11 – Sports News November 1974
Folder 12 – Sports News December 1974
Folder 13 – Sports News January 1975
Folder 14 – Sports News Feb 1975
Folder 15 – Sports News March 1975

 Box 11

Folder 1 – Sports News April 1975
Folder 2 – Sports News May 1975
Folder 3 – Sports News June 1975
Folder 4 – Sports News July 1975
Folder 5 – Sports News August 1975
Folder 6 – Sports News September 1975
Folder 7 – Sports News October 1975
Folder 8 – Sports News November 1975
Folder 9 – Sports News December 1975
Folder 10 – Sports News January 1976
Folder 11 – Sports News Feb 1976
Folder 12 – Sports News March 1976
Folder 13 – Sports News April 1976
Folder 14 – Sports News May 1976
Folder 15 – Sports News June 1976
Folder 16 – Sports News July 1976
Folder 17 – Sports News August 1976
Folder 18 - Sports News Sept. 1976
Folder 19 – Sports News Oct. 1976
Folder 20 – Sports News November 1976
Folder 21 – Sports News December 1976
Folder 22 – Sports News January 1977
Folder 23 – Sports News February 1977
Folder 24 – Sports News March 1977
Folder 25 – Sports News April 1977
Folder 26 – Sports News May 1977
Folder 27 – Sports News June 1977

Box 12

Folder 1 – Sports News July 1977
Folder 2 – Sports News August 1977
Folder 3 – Sports News September 1977
Folder 4 – Sports News October 1977
Folder 5 – Sports News November 1977
Folder 6 – Sports News December 1977
Folder 7 – Sports News January 1978
Folder 8 – Sports News February 1978
Folder 9 – Sports News March 1978
Folder 10 – Sports News April 1978
Folder 11 – Sports News May-Sept. 1978
Folder 12 – Sports News Oct-Dec 1978

Box 13

Folder 1 – Sports News Jan-April 1979
Folder 2 – Sports News May-Aug. 1979
Folder 3 – Sports News Sept-Oct. 1979
Folder 4 – Sports News Oct-Dec 1979
Folder 5 – Sports News Jan-Feb 1980
Folder 6 – Sports News April-June 1980
Folder 7 - Sports News July-Oct 1980
Folder 8 – Sports News Nov-Dec 1980
Folder 9 - Sports News Jan-March 1981
Folder 10 – Sports News March-June 1981

 

Revised: 1/29/2013