Five Inducted Into ODU Sports Hall
Oct. 14, 2012
NORFOLK, VA--Old Dominion University inducted five new members into its Athletic Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 13th for Homecoming. The 2012 ODU class inducted Justin Verlander (baseball), Angie Loy (Field Hockey), Attila Vendegh (Soccer), Nick Boothe (Baseball) and Kevin Larkin (Basketball).
Justin Verlander is the all-time strikeout king in ODU, CAA and the Commonwealth of Virginia history with 427 strikeouts in 335.2 innings. The three-time All CAA selection was an ABCA Coaches freshman All-American and Collegiate baseball honorable mention All-American. Justin struckout 17 batters against JMU twice in 2002 and 2004 and also fanned 16 against VCU in 2004. He pitched for team USA in the 2003 Pan Am games and was a finalist for the Roger Clemons National pitcher of the Year award. The 2004 ODU Alumni Association's Male Athlete of the year was the second overall pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft by the Detroit Tigers. Since then Verlander, who has thrown two no-hitters thus far was a unanimous choice for the American League Cy Young award, a four-time all-star and last year was named the American League's Most Valuable Player. Because of the AL Playoffs, Justin's brother, Ben A current member of the ODU baseball team accepted on his behalf.
Kevin Larkin got it done both on and off the basketball court. In 1994, Larkin led the CAA in steals with a 2.1 per game average and the 6-4 guard also averaged 6.2 rebounds per game. He dished out 150 assists along with 8.0 point per game average. Larkin's last two seasons, ODU won 42 games and reached the second round of the NIT both seasons. Larkin was named to the CAA's All-Defensive squad in 1994 and was the ODU Alumni Association's Male Athlete of the Year. That same year, he was named a third team CoSIDA Academic All-American and was awarded the prestigious Kaufman Award by the university. Larkin graduated with a 3.74 grade point average in business finance and currently works for Bank of America. Kevin and wife Kelly have two children, daughter Ashby and son Seth.
Angie Loy-Reisinger was a two-time NFHCA Field Hockey first team All-American. She completed her career with 77 career goals and 56 career assists. At the time, she was fourth all-time in ODU history with 210 career points. In the fall of 2003, Loy was named CAA Player of the Year, the Team MVP and the ODU Alumni Association's Female Athlete of the Year after scoring 24 goals, 21 assists and 69 total points. Loy also was a starter for team USA and was an outstanding student athlete, earning national academic honors by the NFHCA three successive years. She now lives in her hometown of Loysville, PA. with husband Rob and daughter Sidney.
Possibly the most prolific scorer in ODU soccer history, Attila Vendegh was a two-time third team All-American by the NSCAA and College Soccer News. He was also a two-time CAA Player of the Year in 2001 and 2003, and four-time first team All-CAA selection. Vendegh completed his career as ODU's all-time leading scorer with 56 goals, 22 assists and for 134 career points. He to also took care of business off the field, earning the 2003 CAA Scholar Athlete of the Year award and was a 2002 CoSIDA Academic All-American selection. The 2003 team was 15-4-1 and reached the second round of the NCAA College Cup. The 2000 CAA Rookie of the Year graduated with a degree in international business and currently lives in his native country of Slovakia where he is a marketing director with Scania Central Europe, a Swedish truck manufacturer.
Nick Boothe was a major cog in the Monarchs school record 50-11 season in 1985. He helped lead the Monarchs to the Sun Belt Conference title and a berth in the NCAA regional. Boothe dorve in 68 runs in 1983 and 76 runs In 1985 which still rank number three and four all-time bests ODU history. Nick hit .364 in 1983 and still shares the single game home run record with three against Charlotte on April 6, 1985. He was named All-Sun Belt conference both in 1984 as a catcher and 1985 as an outfielder and was the team MVP in 1984. Nick is currently head baseball coach at Virginia Wesleyan College where he ranks 26th nationally with 586 career wins and is the only (ODAC) Old Dominion Athletic Conference coach to be named Coach of the Year six times. Nick joins his wife, Olympian and ODU field hockey great, Yogi Hightower Boothe in the ODU Hall. The two have three children, Jessica, Tyler and Chase.