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Three ODU Greats To Be Inducted IntoThe HRSHOF

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: August 06, 2013
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NORFOLK, VA—Three ODU Sports Hall of Famers will be inducted into the 2013 Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.  Former Monarch men’s basketball coach Paul Webb, second all-time scorer Leo Anthony and former baseball coach Bud Metheny will join longtime Maury High School basketball coach Jack Baker (ODU’73), sportscaster Marty Brennaman, and James and LaVerne Sweat for induction on Oct. 22 at Scope.

Leo Anthony, holding 11 of Old Dominion University’s 13 cage records when he graduated in 1961 was the first basketball All-American to play for the University.

The six-foot guard finished his ODU basketball career in February of 1961 by scoring 60 points against Lynchburg College and becoming the third highest scorer in the history of the State of Virginia. Besides Little All-American honors, Leo was named to the All-Virginia team four times and voted Player of the Year in the state twice.

In the 1979-80 season Anthony’s single career scoring mark of 2,181 points was broken by Ronnie Valentine. Anthony still owns the highest scoring average in a season at 31.0 and the highest career average at 26.6. Anthony had 29 30-point games during his career from 1957-61. Anthony averaged 24.1 as a freshman, 25.3 as a sophomore, 26.3 as a junior. He scored 35 or more points in a game 12 times.

With Anthony setting the pace, the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary Braves (as Old Dominion was formerly known until his senior year) achieved a four-year record of 55-27.

In addition to starring for four years in basketball, Anthony also started at shortstop for four years in baseball.

After graduating from Old Dominion, Anthony began teaching and coaching in the Hampton Roads area at Granby, Norfolk Academy, Maury, Princess Anne and First Colonial. His Princess Anne High School squad won eight District titles and he won another two at First Colonial.

Anthony is one of a hand full of high school coaches who has won over 400 games in basketball and golf.  He completed his high school basketball coaching with 411 victories.  He was a member of the first Old Dominion University Sports Hall of Fame induction class in the spring of 1980.

Bud Metheny served Old Dominion University for 32 years, joining the athletic staff in 1948 as head baseball and basketball coach, and later as athletic director. His first love was baseball, a sport he devoted all of those 32 years toward, rolling up a 423-363-6 record. He was honored by the NCAA as the Eastern Regional Coach of the Year in 1963 and 1964 when his Monarchs captured those College Division crowns. Metheny was named National Coach of the Year in 1964.

Bud served as head basketball coach from 1948-1965, compiling a 198-163 record and posting 16 winning seasons. The 198 wins is the most among men's basketball coaches at Old Dominion. He served as the university's athletic director from 1963-1970.

Metheny came to Old Dominion after a career with the New York Yankees organization from 1938-47. Bud started for the Yankees in the second and last game of the 1943 World Series as the Yankees defeated the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1984, to honor Bud and his days with the Yankees, Old Dominion University adopted the white home uniform with blue pinstripes. This coincides with the University's new colors, adopted in 1986.

Bud was enshrined in the College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in January of 1983 in Dallas, Texas, and is a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the William and Mary Hall of Fame and the Tidewater Baseball Hall of Fame. The 1940 William and Mary graduate (he earned his M.Ed from William and Mary in 1952) launched his managerial career in 1948 piloting the Boston Red Sox Class "D" team in Baxley, Ga. He spent the next two years in the Piedmont League (Class "B") playing outfield for the Portsmouth team in 1949-50 and managing the Newport News team in 1950. Despite those commitments, Metheny still found time to begin his 32-year Old Dominion career in the spring of 1948. He was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.

Paul Webb is the winningest basketball coach in Virginia Collegiate history. In 29 years as a college coach, Webb compiled a 511-257 career record (.677) and in his ten years at Old Dominion University, Paul's teams rolled up a 196-99 record (.670). He was the nation's sixth winningest coach when he retired on July 6, 1985.

On January 10, 1985, Webb reached another milestone in his illustrious coaching career when he won his 500th career collegiate victory against UNC Charlotte in Norfolk Scope.

In his ten seasons as the Monarchs head coach, Webb's teams advanced to post season play nine times. That includes four NCAA tournaments and five National Invitation Tournaments. His first ODU edition of 1975-76 advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four. In all, Webb's teams had nine winning seasons, including school record winning seasons of 25-4 in 1976-77 (ODU's first Division I season) and 25-5 in 1979-80 which was ODU's first NCAA Division I tournament appearance. ODU defeated Georgetown, 80-58 for the ECAC South Championship. ODU won a then State record 22 straight games and Webb was named ECAC Upstate-Southern Division Coach-of-the-Year.

In 1978-79, the Monarchs advanced to the National Invitation Tournaments quarter-finals and compiled a 23-7 record. That season, the Monarchs went to Clemson and beat the Tigers in double-overtime Basketball Coaches Association's District III Coach-of-the-Year.

In 1980, the Monarchs continued their "Giant Killing" ways with a 76-74 overtime victory against the Soviet Union National team and later that season, the Monarchs defeated their-ranked Syracuse in Scope, 68-67. On January 10, 1981, Webb's Monarchs stunned the basketball world handing number one ranked DePaul their first loss in the Horizon, 63-62.

In all, Webb's teams won three ECAC-South conference titles and advanced to two Sun Belt Conference Championship games. ODU was 177-87 in nine years at the Division I level. Five of his players earned All-American honors and two were Academic All-Americans.

Prior to coming to ODU, Webb compiled a 315-158 record at Randolph-Macon College. He is 1951 graduate of The College of William and Mary. He was inducted into his alma mater's Athletic Hall of Fame on January 23, 1982. Webb served as ODU's Assistant Athletic Director for fund raising for four years.

Webb was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in April of 1990. He is also an inductee of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Longtime Maury High School basketball coach Jack Baker (ODU’73),is the winningest active high school coach in Virginia with 649 victories. At ODU, Baker played both basketball and baseball and was the team co-captain on the 1973 basketball squad.   Sportscaster Marty Brennaman has been the voice of the Cincinnati Reds since 1974 and was awarded the Ford C. Frick Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. He also broadcast the Norfolk Tides and ODU Basketball. The husband and wife duo of James (women’s basketball) and LaVerne Sweat (track and field) coached at both Hampton University and Norfolk State University.

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