Countdown to Conference USA: Get To Know Old Dominion

July 1 will be an important day for the Charlotte 49ers as it will be their first back in Conference USA. So running until the 30th, we’re taking a look at all the C-USA teams going in alphabetical order-from ECU to UTSA. We’ll also profile the affiliate members (Kentucky, New Mexico and South Carolina-men’s soccer; Colorado College-women’s soccer).

Get caught up: ECU | FAU | FIU | Louisiana Tech | Marshall | MTSU | North Texas

Old Dominion University
Nickname: Monarchs
Location: Norfolk, VA–pop. 245,803
Enrollment: 24,125

ODU makes the switch from CAA to Conference USA; like Charlotte, it’s to accommodate the football’s team eventual move to FBS competition (starting in 2014, a year before the Niners).

Sport-by-sport year in review
Football (11-2, 7-1)
Home field: Foreman Field
The Monarchs have unbelievable success on the football field since restarting their program in 2009; Niners fans can only hope their team is equally, if not more successful.  In four seasons, ODU is a combined 38-10, with back-to-back appearances in the FCS playoffs (including a quarterfinal appearance last year).  Charlotte will get their own taste of ODU football this November.

Men’s Basketball (5-25, 3-15)
Home court: Ted Constant Convocation Center
After a 22-13 (13-5) season and a CIT bid in 2011-12, things plummeted for the Monarchs in 2012-13.  It would eventually coast Blaine Taylor his job; former Virginia and American coach Jeff Jones is charged with getting the program back on track.

Women’s Basketball (19-12, 10-8)
Home court: Ted Constant Convocation Center
Despite being ineligible for the CAA tournament due to their pending move to C-USA, the women’s basketball earned a bid to the WNIT, where they lost to Davidson in the first round. (Davidson would, in turn, fall at Halton to the Niners in the 2nd round.)

Baseball (33-24, 15-12)
Home field: Bud Metheny Baseball Complex
The baseball team, whose most famous alumni is Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers (his brother, Ben, was a junior on the squad but will forgo his senior season and play in the Tigers organization), would end their final CAA season with a 4th place finish; again, being ineligible to play for a conference championship.

Softball (N/A)
Old Dominion does not field a softball team.

Men’s Soccer (11-3-3, 5-3-2)
Home field: ODU Soccer Stadium
The men’s soccer team was able to earn an at-large NCAA tournament bidhelped by wins over three top 25 teams (UCF, Creighton and Northeastern).  They would battle UMBC to a scoreless draw in the first round but fall 4-2 in penalty kicks.

Other sports
Women’s soccer (4-14-0, 2-8-0) struggled in their final season in C-USA…Men’s golf, who already competes in C-USA (the CAA doesn’t sponsor golf), placed 12th in the conference championship…Also already competing in C-USA is the tennis team.  The men fell in the first round of the conference tournament to SMU but spent some time ranked in the top 70 nationwide.  Carlos Lopez Villa ended the year ranked #86 nationally.  The women fell in the 2nd round of the tournament to Rice…ODU also competes in several other sports not offered by Charlotte.  One is field hockey; the Niners are rumored to be fielding a team in the next few years.  Another is women’s lacrosse, which will play in the Big East.

Topics: Conference USA, Old Dominion Monarchs

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  • Cam

    Tough tough season for ODU Basketball. Feel bad for Blaine Taylor. Great coach, but 20 losses in a row is inexcusable.