Two ODAC standouts earned recognition in the final set of awards announced by the United Soccer Coaches (USC) on Thursday night. Randolph-Macon forward Gabby Nelson and Washington and Lee defender Emily Roche' earned Second Team All-America laurels.
Three ODAC standouts earned recognition in the final set of awards announced by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) on Wednesday. Bridgewater linebacker Re'Shaun Myers and Ferrum offensive lineman Jordan Patti earned First Team All-America laurels, while Shenandoah offensive lineman Daniel Small collected Second Team All-America recognition.
Thanksgiving week may have limited the number of sports in action to basketball and the amount of games in play, but that certainly didn't keep ODAC athletes from lighting up the scoreboard. Those earning weekly honors in men's and women's basketball are Peyton Williams from Emory & Henry and Christopher Chaney from Shenandoah.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) united during the fall semester to help local organizations by conducting food drives on the campuses of each member institution. The ODAC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) organized the conference-wide food drive as its first of two community service initiatives in 2019-20.
Bridgewater College collected a league-best 18 all-conference awards and earned four of the five special individual honors to highlight the 2019 All-ODAC Football Awards.
Eagles' quarterback Jay Scroggins earned the J. Stokeley Fulton Offensive Player of the Year award, while linebacker Re'Shaun Myers earned a second straight Lou Wacker Defensive Player of the Year honor. Bridgewater mentor Mike Clark earned ODAC Coach of the Year laurels from his peers, while Eagles' receiver Viante Tucker collected ODAC Rookie of the Year recognition. Washington and Lee University offensive tackle Sean Clark earned ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades for the league's sports information directors.
The holiday season is fast approaching, but don't tell ODAC athletes a lull in play is looming as they continue to post several impressive outings. Those earning weekly honors in men's and women's basketball and men's and women's swimming include (headshots; from top and left-right) Buzz Anthony from Randolph-Macon men's basketball, Sydney McKinney from Emory & Henry women's basketball, and Emily Hageboeck and Patrick Sullivan from Washington and Lee swimming.
Senior quarterback Burke Estes (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) completed 11 of 15 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Randolph-Macon football team past The Apprentice School 35-3 on Saturday afternoon in the inaugural Neptune Bowl.
With the NCAA Division III Championships set to kick into action on Saturday, the ODAC is proud to announce its annual All-ODAC Cross Country Special Awards in the vote the league's head coaches following the regional championship.
Washington and Lee University standout Sara Stephenson not only earned ODAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year laurels, but the Generals sophomore also claimed ODAC Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Year honors. University of Lynchburg sophomore Max Sparks was tabbed the ODAC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year, while Washington and Lee first-year Connor Verrett collected ODAC Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Year recognition.
Both ODAC coaches of the year don Generals' colors as W&L women's mentor Michael Dager and men's coach Brandon Spalding took home the honors. This is the third straight season they have swept the two awards.
The ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurances Scholar-Athletes --- Bridgewater College senior Calista Ariel and Lynchburg senior Shawn Gmurek --- were announced along with the All-ODAC First and Second Teams following the ODAC Championships hosted by Roanoke College at Green Hill Park in Salem, Va., earlier this month. Those honors are posted below.
Five ODAC standouts earned recognition in the final set of awards announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Tuesday. Bridgewater outside Rachel Gaston along with Randolph-Macon middle Sydney Koch, Virginia Wesleyan middle Amber Matalus, and Washington and Lee middle Courtney Berry and outside Brynne Gould earned selection to the Division III Honorable Mention All-America squad.
The University of Lynchburg has appointed Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar as its 11th president. Her term will begin in July 2020 after the retirement of Dr. Kenneth R. Garren, who has served Lynchburg as president since 2001.
Several outstanding performances highlighted a strong week of competition in ODAC winter sports as the regular slates continue to progress towards the holiday season. Those earning weekly honors in men's and women's basketball and men's and women's swimming include (headshots; from top and left-right) Peyton Williams from Emory & Henry women's basketball, Tharon Suggs from Lynchburg men's basketball, and Danny Lynch and Caroline Baber from Washington and Lee swimming.