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Old Dominion Monarchs and Lady Monarchs
UniversityOld Dominion University
ConferenceConference USA
NCAADivision I FBS
Athletic directorCamden Wood Selig
LocationNorfolk, Virginia
Varsity teams18
Football stadiumS.B. Ballard Stadium
Basketball arenaChartway Arena
Baseball stadiumBud Metheny Baseball Complex
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, including men's and women's basketball, golf, soccer, sailing, swimming & diving, and tennis. Men's sports include baseball, football, and wrestling. Women's sports include field hockey, lacrosse, and rowing. The Monarchs compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and are members of Conference USA (C-USA).[2]

For the 2012-13 academic year, under bylaws of its previous conference, the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), ODU was ineligible for conference championships in team sports in 2012–13. The football team played one season as an independent as part of the transition to FBS and began competing as a 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. At the same time, 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.[3]

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, for the 2015–16 season.[4]

Sports sponsored[edit]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Field hockey
Football Lacrosse
Golf Rowing
Sailing Sailing
Soccer Soccer
Swimming and diving Swimming and diving
Tennis Tennis
Conference USA logo in Old Dominion's colors

Field hockey[edit]

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 1996-2003.[5] The team has also won a NCAA field hockey record nine national titles. From 1990-1993 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".


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. The Old Dominion head wrestling coach is Steve Martin, currently in his tenth season with the program. Practice takes place at the Wrestling Facility and dual meets & tournaments are held at the Ted Constant Convocation Center located on campus.[6]

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

Old Dominion Monarchs Wrestling team accomplishments:

  • 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.[7]


NCAA team championships[edit]

Old Dominion has 10 NCAA team national championships.[8]


  1. ^ "ODU Athletics Logo Identity Guidelines" (PDF). Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "Old Dominion Official Athletic Site". odusports.com. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
  3. ^ "Big 12 Invites Affiliates to Rowing Championship" (Press release). Big 12 Conference. January 31, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  4. ^ "ODU Men's Swimming to Join the CCSA" (Press release). Old Dominion Monarchs and Lady Monarchs. July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.odusports.com/fls/31100/pdfs/fh/2013ODUFHRecordBook.pdf?SPSID=750423&SPID=127312&DB_OEM_ID=31100
  6. ^ "ODU Wrestling Information Facts". Old Dominion University Athletics.
  7. ^ "ODU Wrestling Stats" (PDF). Old Dominion University Athletics. 2007–2008. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  8. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/champs_records_book/Overall.pdf

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