List of Old Dominion University alumni

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This is a list of notable alumni from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, United States.

Name Class year Notability References
Wendy Bahr 1983 Senior Vice President Global Partner Organization
Ben Bailey Host of Cash Cab
Bootie Barker 1994 NASCAR crew chief
Kent Bazemore 2012 NBA player (Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers , Atlanta Hawks) [1]
Michael Bloomfield 1993 Space Shuttle and ISS Astronaut, graduated from ODU with a master's in engineering management [2]
John Michael Bednarek Lieutenant General, United States Army
Derrick Borte Director
Cal Bowdler 1999 Former player for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks
Tony Brothers 1986 NBA referee 1994 to present - Officiated 2012 - 2016 NBA Finals
Diamond, PaulPaul Diamond (Tom Boric) Professional wrestler, most notably in WWE. Played soccer at ODU.
Magnum T.A. (Terry Allen) Attended Retired professional wrestler, most notably in the National Wrestling Alliance.
Tom DiCillo American film director, cinematographer and screenwriter. He graduated from Old Dominion University before attending film school at NYU
Donovan, AnneAnne Donovan 1983 Women's basketball player; 1983 Naismith College Player of the Year (the first woman to win that award); gold medalist as a player in the Summer Olympics in 1984 and 1988; coached the gold medal team in 2008; coached the Charlotte Sting to the 2001 WNBA finals and the 2004 Seattle Storm to the 2004 league title; inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995
Thelma Drake Attended Member of the United States House of Representatives
Elizabeth Ashburn Duke 1983 Vice Chair of Wells Fargo's Board of Directors; Former member of Governors of the Federal Reserve Systems
Sherman Edwards 2004 Actor/Comedian [3]
Samuel Face Inventor and co-developer of advances in concrete & piezoelectric technologies
William J. Fallon 1982 U.S. Navy Admiral; Commander of United States Central Command
Chris Gatling 1991 Former National Basketball Association player
Kenny Gattison 1986 Former NBA player
Mills E. Godwin Jr. Two-term Governor of Virginia
Wayne Gomes Former Major League Baseball player
Adrienne Goodson 1988 WNBA basketball player
Benjamin S. Griffin 1969 Four-star General in the U.S. Army. He assumed the duties of Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command on November 5, 2004.
Jay Harris 1987 Professional Sportscaster and ESPN SportsCenter Anchor
Odell Hodge 1997 Men's basketball player
Henry Howell Served in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly, was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.
Daniel Hudson 2008 Major League Baseball pitcher
Chad Hugo Attended Musician and producer in the Neptunes, also in rock group N.E.R.D.. Briefly attended Old Dominion University on a music scholarship.
T. J. Jordan 2008 Women's basketball player
Kenna Musician
Maya Angelou Attended Poet
Ann Hitch Kilgore Mayor of Hampton, Virginia 1963–71 and 1974–78
Jack Temple Kirby Historian of the Southern United States awarded the Bancroft Prize for his 2006 book Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscapes of the South. [4]
Nancy Lieberman 2000 Women's basketball player, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996, Silver medalist in the 1976 Summer Olympics and two-time (1979 and 1980) Wade Trophy recipient
William Lobeck 1963 Established The Lobeck Taylor Foundation in 1997. Current Board member of the LTFF. Former President and CEO of Vanguard Car Rental. Serves on the Board Directors; Created the very first dealer repurchase program.
Izak van der Merwe 2005 Professional tennis player
Tommy Newsom Assistant Musical Director of "The Tonight Show" band
Shomi Patwary Director [5]
Dan Peek Musician in the band America [6]
Sherman Pendergarst Wrestler and football player; retired professional mixed martial arts fighter [7]
Ticha Penicheiro WNBA basketball player with the Sacramento Monarchs
L. Glenn Perry Chief Accountant of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (1982-1984) and Senior Partner of KPMG [8][9][10]
John Peters Former foreign service officer in Vietnam, India, and Nepal
Ajit Prabhu 1994 Cofounder, Chair and CEO of [Quest Global]]
Oliver Purnell 1975 Current Division I men's basketball coach at DePaul University
Jodi Rell Governor of the State of Connecticut
Deborah Shelton Winner of Miss USA 1970, and first runner-up Miss Universe 1970, acted in TV shows such as Dallas, Fantasy Island, The A-Team, T.J. Hooker, The Fall Guy, Cheers, The Love Boat and Nip/Tuck.
Shanon Slack All-American Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist for Bellator
Frank Sturgis Watergate burglar, CIA operative[citation needed]
Terrie Suit Virginia Secretary of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs and former member of the Virginia House of Delegates
Dave Twardzik Former NBA player
Mark West 1983 Former NBA basketball player
Valdas Vasylius 2007 Basketball player
Brandon Vera Attended Former UFC mixed martial artist, current ONE FC Heavyweight Champion [11]
Justin Verlander Major League Baseball pitcher


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  4. ^ Hevesi, Dennis. "Jack T. Kirby, Southern Historian, Dies at 70", The New York Times, August 13, 2009. Accessed August 14, 2009.
  5. ^ Veer Magazine. Illusive Media Throws Karma on a Loop
  6. ^ Fox, Margalit. "JDan Peek, of the Rock Band America, Dies at 60", The New York Times, July 27, 2011. Accessed July 27, 2011.
  7. ^ "Sherman P. UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  8. ^ [1], Old Dominion University
  9. ^ [2] SEC News Digest, September 23, 1982
  10. ^ [3] Time Magazine, False Profits, September 17, 1984
  11. ^ Brandon Vera