Louis "Lou" Wacker, an Emory & Henry College Hall of Famer who won nearly 70 percent of his games as head football coach of the Wasps, has died at age 84. The Richmond, Va. native spent 23 seasons as the Wasps head coach, and previously spent 20-plus years on the coaching staff at Hampden-Sydney College. Wacker died of heart failure on Friday, February 15, his family said.
ODAC swimmers posted some of the fastest regular season times in recent memory with several of last year's top-three times entering the championship already eclipsed in prelude to the 2019 ODAC Swimming Championships. For the second straight year, 22 teams -- 12 women and 10 men -- take to the waters of the Greensboro Aquatic Center in search of both team and individual glory.
Competition in this season's conference championship is set for Friday-Sunday, February 15-17. Each day will feature a pair of sessions -- morning preliminaries and evening finals -- with races in 36 combined events.
Director of Athletics Myra Sims is pleased to announce the hiring of Leslie Williams to the position of Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach. Williams will begin working with the Hollins teams and student-athletes, on a part-time basis, this semester.
Several spring sports kicked into action this weekend with the winter campaign postseason quickly drawing near. That is especially true for swimming as programs took the week off of competition to train for the upcoming championships February 15-17. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, top-to-bottom left-to-right): Sarah Commons from Lynchburg softball, Tom Kellogg from Washington and Lee baseball, Taylor Belknap from LYN softball, Buzz Anthony from Randolph-Macon men's basketball, Miracle Walters from Guilford women's basketball, Jake O'Brien from Hampden-Sydney men's lacrosse, Darian Diaz from Shenandoah men's tennis, Endasia Mitchell from LYN women's track, Joe O'Connor from W&L men's track, Maddie Van Aken from LYN women's track, and Donovan Fiore from W&L men's track, and Chadwick Feeley from W&L baseball.
The first five teams are the same but there is a bit of a shuffle to the order at the top of the 2019 ODAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll with Washington and Lee University leading the annual coaches' survey. The Generals collected a chart-topping 96 points powered by seven first place votes. Defending champion University of Lynchburg sits second with 91 points and three top nods. Roanoke College received the remaining first place vote on the way to 86 markers to rank third.
Familiarity reigns at the top the ODAC Women's Lacrosse preseason poll with the same two teams occupying the top two positions for the fourth straight season. Nine-time defending champion Washington and Lee University sits #1 with a chart-topping 81 points including nine first place votes. Randolph-Macon College ranks second with 71 tallies including the remaining first place nod.
A familiar logo remains at the top of the ODAC Men's Tennis Coaches Poll as nine-time reigning conference champion Washington and Lee University was picked as the favorite to repeat yet again in a survey of the league's head coaches. The Generals garnered 11 first place votes on the way to a chart-topping 121 points. Guilford College and Hampden-Sydney College round out the top-three for a second straight year, although there is separation between the two unlike a season ago when they tied for second.
The 2019 ODAC Women's Tennis Preseason Poll has a familiar logo perched at the top, but there is plenty of movement throughout the rest of the listing in the annual survey of the league's head coaches. Washington and Lee University, winners of 16 straight ODAC titles, stands atop the chart after receiving 12 first place votes on the way to 144 total points. Randolph-Macon College moved up a spot from last season's poll to rank second with 132 markers including the final top nod.
FOREST, Va. --- Last season's ODAC Softball Preseason Poll opened with a notation for the two-time conference champion, but the 2019 edition steps that up a notch as two-time defending NCAA Division III champion Virginia Wesleyan University headlines the annual survey of the league's head coaches. The Marlins received 10 first place votes on the way to an even 100 points, while Randolph-Macon College joined VWU in separating themselves from the remaining nine squads in the poll with one top nod and 90 total markers.
The top two teams from last season's ODAC Baseball Preseason Poll flipped places in the 2019 edition as Randolph-Macon College stands atop reigning ODAC champion Shenandoah University and the remaining 10 conference teams in the annual head coaches' survey. The Yellow Jackets earned nine first place votes on the way to a chart-topping 119 tallies, while the Hornets picked up two top nods as part of a 110-point haul.
The swimming regular season is in the books with athletes entering their pre-championship workouts in preparation to post their best times of the season. Basketball and indoor track remains at full go with spring sports just on the horizon. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, top-to-bottom left-to-right): Caroline Baber from Washington and Lee women's swimming, Dimetri Chambers from Bridgewater men's basketball, Jayla Harris from Virginia Wesleyan women's basketball, Mara Briggs from Roanoke indoor track, Coby Cockrell from VWU indoor track, Calista Ariel and Davonta Womack from BC indoor track, and Danny Lynch from W&L men's swimming.
Believe it or not, spring sports are just a couple weeks away from being in full gear. Until then, winter sports are providing plenty of headline performances for ODAC fans. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, top-to-bottom left-to-right): Quinn Harlan from Roanoke track, Jamie Hiegel from Bridgewater track, Jaylyn Lane from Virginia Wesleyan track, Rebecca Harvey from BC basketball, Kyler Gregory from Guilford basketball, Reilly Bird and Ben Tate from RC swimming, and Davonta Womack from BC track.
ODAC fans were treated to a full week of winter sports with basketball, indoor track and swimming in full swing. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, top-to-bottom left-to-right): Mara Briggs from Roanoke indoor track, Donovan Fiore from Washington and Lee indoor track, Shamyra Wilkerson from Shenandoah indoor track, Daniel Spencer from Emory & Henry men's basketball, Molly Shephard from Lynchburg women's basketball, Jared Nickodem and Ashley Johnston from W&L swimming, and Coby Cockrell from Virginia Wesleyan indoor track.
Two Guilford College individual milestones were reached on Saturday afternoon in the Quakers men's basketball win over visiting Bridgewater College, 78-55. Head coach Tom Palombo highlighted the result with his 400th career men's basketball victory and his 300th triumph holding the Quakers' reins. Senior forward Marcus Curry added to the effort by eclipsing 1,000 points for his career.
Indoor track and swimming tried to return to the active ranks this past week, but the weather across the region allowed for just a few events over the weekend. Still, the events that were conducted gave ODAC fans plenty about which to cheer. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, top-to-bottom left-to-right): Maggie Seybold from Washington and Lee indoor track, Nick Greenburg and Alexa Castellana from W&L indoor track, Miracle Walters from Guilford women's basketball, Josh Freund from Roanoke men's basketball, Ali MacQueen and Danny Lynch from W&L swimming, and Joe O'Connor from W&L indoor track