Norfolk, Va. – Each year, wide-eyed freshmen arrive on-campus at universities across the country with hopes and dreams of graduating with a degree to jumpstart their professional careers. Collegiate student-athletes arrive with the additional opportunity to continue playing their respective sports, some with hopes of "going pro" after their eligibility is exhausted. Old Dominion University student-athletes are known for their athletic achievements throughout their high school and college years; however, for the majority, graduation means an end to playing careers and a beginning to professional careers. In an effort to celebrate post-graduation accomplishments in the professional aspect of life, the ODU Student-Athlete Development Team will be launching a "Monarchs Go Pro: Signing Day Program" this summer to honor student-athletes who have successfully taken the next steps to launch their professional careers. "Tracking job placements for our student-athletes is one of our strategic goals. We chose to do this creative initiative in order to accomplish this goal while also celebrating the success of our student-athletes," said Director of Student-Athlete Development, Lamarr Pottinger. Student-athlete recognition through this program has two requirements: • The student-athlete must graduate from Old Dominion University with an undergraduate and/or graduate degree, and • Secure a job offer or internship related to their major or intended career path OR be accepted in a graduate school program The "Signing" process symbolizes the celebration of each student-athlete's graduation and the excitement of beginning their professional careers. The program seeks to promote individual student-athlete success stories that reflect the mission of the department, signifying the student-athlete's commitment to be a champion in their life after sport. While most athletic departments
Head coach Chris Finwood and the Old Dominion baseball program announced the addition of six junior college transfers for the upcoming 2019 season on Friday.
DALLAS, TEXAS – Old Dominion University senior running back Jeremy Cox was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced on Wednesday. The award is given to the best running back in the country.
FRISCO, Texas – Old Dominion University Football Head Coach Bobby Wilder and student-athletes Isaiah Harper and Oshane Ximines travel to Frisco, Texas, to participate in Conference USA Media Day on Thursday, July 19. Thursday morning the student-athletes and coaches meet with TV and print media for interviews, while also participating in C-USA's ESPN3 live stream. Wilder, Harper and Ximines will be live on the stream at 11:15 a.m. ET.
IRVING, TEXAS – Old Dominion University football was picked to finish sixth in the Conference USA East division, C-USA announced on Tuesday. The vote was conducted by a panel of media members that cover C-USA schools.
NORTHBROOK, Ill. - Old Dominion University senior defensive end Oshane Ximines is ODU's nominee for the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Ximines started all 12 games last year at defensive end, breaking his own school record with 8.5 sacks. He finished the year with career highs in tackles with 44, 14 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.
Aaron Carver and Loren Brill of the Old Dominion men's basketball team were named to the 2017-18 NABC Honors Court, as announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The NABC Honors Court recognizes men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.
Old Dominion women's soccer head coach, Angie Hind, announced the addition of George Mason transfer Amanda Nhek to the Monarchs roster for this upcoming season. Nhek, a forward from Gainesville, Va., was named to the 2017 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.
IRVING, TEXAS – Old Dominion University football registered three players on the 2018 All-Conference USA preseason squad, C-USA announced on Monday. Defensive end Oshane Ximines, kick returner Isaiah Harper and punt returner Darrell Brown earned the honors. Ximines set an ODU single-season record last season with 8.5 sacks and led the team with 14 tackles for loss. He is second among active FBS players in career sacks with 21. Harper was the 2017 Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year, returning three kickoffs for touchdowns and finished 10th in FBS in kickoff return average at 29.1. Brown led C-USA with an 8.4-yard average on punt returns last season, including a long return of 31. All three players earned first-team All-C-USA accolades last season.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Old Dominion University senior defensive end Oshane Ximines was named to the 2018 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List on Monday. The Bednarik Award is given to the Defensive Player of the Year. A native of Ahoskie, North Carolina, Ximines is second among active FBS players with 21 career sacks, including an ODU single-season record of 8.5 in 2017. Last season as a junior, Ximines had 44 tackles and led the team with 8.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss, while adding four forced fumbles, three pass breakups and seven quarterback hurries. He earned first-team All-Conference USA honors, as well as CoSIDA Academic All-District and Conference USA All-Academic team. Ximines has started 36 of 37 possible games at defensive end, totaling 118 tackles, 33 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles, which is tied for the ODU career record. Ximines is one of three players from Conference USA on the watch list, including Azeez Al-Shaair from Florida Atlantic and Jaylon Ferguson from Louisiana Tech.
Old Dominion third baseman Culver Lamb has been named to the VaSID First Team All-State squad, as announced on Tuesday and chosen by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
Head coach Murray Rudisill and the Old Dominion men's golf program announced the schedule for the upcoming 2018-19 fall season on Tuesday.