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Tony Guzzo Named 2017 Bud Metheny Award Recipient

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: December 30, 2016
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NORFOLK, Va. -- Former Old Dominion baseball head coach Tony Guzzo has been named the 40th recipient of the Bud Metheny Award for his contributions to baseball.

Guzzo, who has returned to the ODU baseball coaching staff this year as an assistant, will be honored at the annual ODU Baseball Banquet on Jan. 13 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel. Jim Leyland will be this year's keynote speaker.

Guzzo coached in college baseball for 26 years, including 10 years at Old Dominion from 1995 to 2005. Overall, Guzzo compiled a 322-275-1 record during his ODU tenure, leading the Monarchs to two CAA regular season titles (1996, 2000), two CAA tournament titles (1995, 1996) and three NCAA regionals (1995, 1996, 2000).

The 1996 CAA Coach of the Year coached three All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans, six Freshman All-Americans, two CAA Players of the Year and two CAA Rookies of the Year at ODU. In addition, a total of 24 Monarchs earned All-CAA honors under Guzzo, and 22 of his players were selected in the MLB Draft, including the 2004 No. 2 pick and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander.

Prior to Old Dominion, Guzzo was the head coach at VCU and North Carolina Wesleyan.

A native of Norfolk, Guzzo graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School in 1967. He then graduated from East Carolina University, where he was a two-sport athlete, playing catcher for the baseball team and placekicker for the football team. 

Tickets for the ODU Baseball Banquet are $65 per person and groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets for $45 per person. For more information on tickets and banquet information, click here.

PREVIOUS BUD METHENY WINNERS

1978 Dave Rosenfield: General Manager, Norfolk Tides, Clinic Co-Founder
1979 George Kotarides: President, Milton's Pizza
1980 Ed Nagourney: Rices Nachman Dept. Store
1981 Bud Metheny: Former ODU Baseball Coach
1982 George McClelland: Former Executive Sports Editor - The Virginian Pilot
1983 Charlie Sugg: Real Estate Assessor, City of Norfolk
1984 Don Fett: President, Waymar, Inc.
1985 Clyde McCullough: Former Major League Scout
1986 Abe Goldblatt: Sports Writer, The Virginia Pilot / Ledger Star
1987 Richard J. Davis: President, Tidewater Professional Sports, Inc.
1988 Harry Postove: Major League Scout
1989 Hank Foiles: Foiles Insurance, Former Major League Scout
1990 Lewis D. Hirschler: Hofheimer's Inc.
1991 Richard Alexander: Umpire
1992 Bob Rathbun: Former Sports Anchor, WTKR-TV, WTAR Radio
1993 Sandra Picken: Founder of the Peninsula Muscular Dystrophy Benefit Tournament
1994 John T. Callahan: Former President of Tidewater Baseball League
1995 Gary Wright: Tidewater Summer League and AAU Baseball
1996 Paul Fraim: Mayor of Norfolk
1997 Roy L. Burton, Jr.:  Founder of Willard-Lakewood Athletics Assoc. & Granby Booster Club
1998 Paul Vestal: President Greenbrier Athletic Association
1999 Ken Young: President, Norfolk Tides Baseball Team
2000 Lester Bangs: Local Baseball Scout
2001 Warren Spivey: President Spivey Rentals
2002 Bill Swann: Virginia Wesleyan Head Coach and Assistant Coach at Old Dominion
2003 Tim Miller: Chairman ACS Systems & Engineering
2004 Luke Newman: President of Greenwich Kitchens Center
2005 Pat Baker: Local Dentist
2006 Tony Zontini: Coach / Teacher
2007 Towny Townsend: Coach / Teacher
2008 Henry Morgan: Peninsula Businessman / Peninsula Pilots Owner
2009 Jake Hardison: Challenger Little League Baseball
2010 Ed Fraim: ODU Fundraiser
2011 Wayne Gomes: Major Leaguer
2012 Tim Druzgala: Businessman
2013 Clyde “Ducky” Davis: Umpire / Scout
2014 Barry Kornblau: Business Owner & Alumnus
2015 Hervey Trimyer: Past Board Member of ODAF and the ODU Dugout Club
2016 Norbie Wilson: First Colonial High School Head Coach
2017 Tony Guzzo: Former Old Dominion Head Coach

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