From The Desk Of Bobby Wilder: Humble & Hungry

January 19, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Jan. 19, 2010

12th Monarchs,

I want to wish you all a great start to your 2010! Old Dominion Football is poised to have a great year. Our team returned on January 10th and started classes for the spring semester on January 11th. We are well into our workouts. Our student-athletes came back focused on making the needed improvements individually to help the overall improvement of our team.

Our theme for the 2010 team is to be, "Humble and Hungry". We discussed in our first team meeting of 2010 the importance of our theme. We are proud of what we accomplished in 2009. Having a 9-2 record, a six-game winning streak to end the season, and being recognized as the best first year program in FCS history is something we are all proud of. However, we realize that last year's success will not make a difference in the score of our games this year. If anything, we realize our opponents will look at our team differently in 2010.

We have all decided as a team we will be Humble based on our success last year. We will be grateful for the support we received. We think often of the 20,000 12th Monarchs that filled Foreman Field for seven Saturday's last fall. We will realize that we had success because we worked together as a team to accomplish our goals.

At the same time, we have decided we will be Hungry for more in 2010. We realize our schedule will be more challenging. We realize we have "set the bar" high for future success and expectations. We want to be the best team we can be in 2010 and we will work to improve everyday as people, students, and football players.

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2010!


- Coach Wilder