Tony Zontini To Receive Bud Metheny Award On Jan. 27
By ODU Athletics
Dec. 18, 2005
NORFOLK, VA-- Tony Zontini, an Old Dominion University baseball alumnae who has dedicated much of his life to the sport will be honored as the 29th recipient of the Bud Metheny Award at the ACS Systems "Meet the Stars" banquet, Friday, Jan. 27 at the Sheraton Norfolk-Waterside as part of the annual Greenwich Kitchens/ODU Baseball Clinic weekend. The banquet begins with a social at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. this year's keynote speaker will be Cincinnati Reds catching great Johnny Bench.
Tickets for the banquet are $50, and on sale at the Old Dominion Athletic Ticket Office in the Athletic Administration Building (683-5484). The Greenwich Kitchens Baseball Clinic will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 with one session, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Old Dominion University Fieldhouse. Tickets are $5 for the session. Proceeds from the dinner and clinic support baseball scholarships at Old Dominion.
"To be included in the list of past recipients, all of who have contributed greatly to the Tidewater sports community and Old Dominion, is truly an honor," said Zontini. "Being linked to the legacy of Bud Metheny is at the same time humbling, Challenging, and very much appreciated."
Tony has served as ODU's alumni baseball player representative for numerous fundraising drives and events over the past 25 years. He has served as chairman for ODU's Capital Campaign for Alumni Baseball support and has served as a volunteer for the baseball clinic the past 15 years. Tony has also served the Hampton roads baseball community as well, as the headliner twice for opening day festivities for Lynnhaven Little League Baseball in Virginia Beach. He has spoken and coached twice at the Northern Virginia Baseball Academy in Arlington and served as a counselor, speaker and coach for various camps in the South Hampton Roads area for many years.
A standout athlete at Old Dominion, Zontini starred for the Monarchs from 1964- 1968 in baseball, track and field and basketball. He was a three-time All-Mason Dixon Conference selection in baseball and a two-time Mason-Dixon Conference high and intermediate hurdle champion in track and field. Zontini signed with the Kansas City Organization. Tony was inducated in the the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 and serves as the chairman of the ODU Sports Hall of Fame committee.
Zontini also served as head baseball coach at Norfolk Catholic High School, William and Mary and was an assistant baseball coach at ODU with legendary coach Bud Metheny. He also served as head coach at Kempsville Junior High.
Tony's character, integrity and leadership has served to make him a role model for many young boys and girls. This is especially true today in his position as director of Education for the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center in Virginia Beach.
For more information about the clinic and banquet, please contact the Athletic Ticket office at 683-5484.
PAST BUD METHENY RECIPIENTS
1978 Dave Rosenfield General Manager, Norfolk Tides Co-Founder of ODU Clinic 1979 George Kotarides President, Milton=s Pizza 1980 Ed Nagourney Rices Nachman Dept. Store Co-Founder of ODU Clinic 1981 Bud Metheny Former Old Dominion baseball coach 1982 George McClelland Former Executive Sports Editor The Virginian Pilot/Ledger-Star newspapers 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 Sportswriter, The Virginian 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 leaguer 1990 Lewis D.Hirschler Hofheimer=s Inc, 1991 Richard Alexander Umpire 1992 Bob Rathbun Former sports anchor, WTKR TV WTAR Radio 1993 Sandra Pickin Founder of the Peninsula Muscular Dystrophy Benefit Baseball Tournament 1994 John T. Callahan Former President of Tidewater Baseball League 1995 Gary Wright Tidewater Summer League, AAU 1996 Paul Fraim Mayor of Norfolk 1997 Roy L.Burton,Jr. Founder of Willard-Lakewood Athletic Association & the Granby Booster Club 1998 Paul Vestal President Greenbrier Athletic Assoc. 1999 Ken Young President, Norfolk Tides Baseball Team 2000 Lester Bangs Local Baseball Scout 2001 Warren Spivey President Spivey Rentals 2002 Bill Swan Former Head Baseball Coach at Virginia Wesleyan Former Assistant Baseball Coach at ODU. 2003 Tim Miller Chairman ACS Systems & Engineering 2004 Luke Newman President of Greenwich Kitchens Center 2005 Pat Baker Local Dentist