April 16, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 16, 2012

MONARCH MEDIA: Practice #11 Update:

Coming off Saturday's scrimmage, practice was light on Monday as the Monarchs were just in helmets and worked out primarily with their position coaches on individual techniques.

"The theme for today's practice `back to basics'," said head coach Bobby Wilder. "It was a chance to review everything we've installed since the beginning of our spring practice."

Head coach Bobby Wilder was sporing a new t-shirt on Monday with the words "Unfinished Business".

"We felt like last year we didn't handle our business the way we wanted to," said Wilder. "We finished second in the CAA and then we finished second to Georgia Southern. We don't want to be second, we want to be first. We want to be a championship program. That's the goal of what we are trying to do so our theme for this year is 'Unfinished Business'. We have some unfinished business to take care of. That's the goal - to be champions, to compete for the league championship and get back to the championship tournament."

The Football Monarchs will be involved in what has become a very special tradition for Norfolk Public Schools' special needs community: The annual Little Feet Meet NPS/ODU Special Olympics is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17th from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at ODU's Foreman Field. Students from kindergarten through 5th grade will participate. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. with the Presentation of Colors by Norview's JROTC, followed by remarks from Interim Superintendent Michael Spencer and ODU Football Coach Bobby Wilder.


The Football Monarchs will host the fourth annual Bone Marrow Registry Drive from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 19th at Webb Center. Since starting this event, the Old Dominion football team has helped register over 650 people to the bone marrow donor registry in an attempt to help save lives from life-threatening diseases nationwide. There are 20 million people worldwide who are registered as potential marrow donors. Still, there are only about 250 matches found each year, making it a 1-in-80,000 chance that a registered donor will be a match. In what has become an annual event for the Monarchs, Wilder and his team are looking to help the more than 6,000 men, women and children who are searching the National Marrow Registry for a life-saving donor. These patients have leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases that can be treated by a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. For many of these patients, a transplant may be the best and only hope of a cure.


Congrats to Doug Lewis of Virginia Beach, Jennifer Bibbo of Norfolk, Marian Deldonna of Virginia Beach, Shawn Kole of Chesapeake, Gordon Glover of Norfolk, and Susan Pollard of Chesapeake, the last set of winners in15 Days of Prizes promotion for renewing season tickets. Doug won two pairs of running shoes and t-shirts courtesy of the ODU Athletic Equipment Room, while Jennifer will ride to and from a game in style with limo service at a mutually agreeable home game. Marian will get a private behind-the-scenes tour of the football facilities for up to four people, while Shawn will enjoy lunch with Bobby Wilder in his office at the Powhatan Sports Complex. Gordon will be calling at play at Saturday's spring game and Susan is the winner of a trip for two to the ODU at Towson context on October 20th.

The Monarchs will be in full pads on Wednesday, their final practice before the spring game on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium.

"We'll play a lot of situational football," with Coach Wilder noting they will be working on fourth down situations.

The Monarchs will also have two practices next week following the spring game calling them "Fall Ball Practices". The team will start focusing on particular opponents and schemes they will face in the fall.