ODU Announces Contract Extension for Bobby Wilder

February 17, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 17, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. -- Old Dominion University athletic director Jim Jarrett announced today the extension of head football coach Bobby Wilder's contract through the 2014 season.

"My family and I have been welcomed with open arms by Old Dominion University and this community since the moment we arrived. We look forward to calling this our home for a long time," said Wilder. "I would especially like to thank the university and athletic administration for their help and support in granting me the opportunity to remain at ODU for the foreseeable future."

Wilder, who has completed three years at the helm at Old Dominion, had three years remaining on a six-year contract. His base, annual salary will increase from $150,000 to $200,000 and the new contract includes the opportunity for merit increases based on annual reviews, and incentive bonuses for team success. Wilder will also receive an increase in his outside income package for ODU produced media appearances, such as radio, website and television shows.

"Bobby's leadership skills on and off the field, his coaching success and his connection to our fans and community are to be commended and the extension helps insure the success of our program for many years to come," says Jarrett.

Wilder was hired at ODU in February of 2007 and immediately began hiring his coaching staff and recruiting student-athletes. He announced his third recruiting class on Feb. 3, which brings his squad to the FCS maximum 63 scholarships.

The Monarchs posted a 9-2 record in their first season of football on the ODU campus since 1940. ODU, which competes as a member of the Football Championship Subdivision, will begin competing in the Colonial Athletic Association in 2011.

"The program took great strides in 2009 and I am anxious to build upon our success in the coming years as we look toward beginning play in the CAA and competing at the highest level of the FCS," added Wilder.