Dave Twardzik Will Be ODU's Legend for CAA Tournament

March 03, 2005
By ODU Athletics

March 3, 2005

All-American and ODU Sports Hall of Famer Dave Twardzik will be the Monarchs Legend for this weeken's CAA Tournament in Richmond, VA.

Each CAA school will have a legend honored at the CAA's awards banquet tonight. Twardzik will also speak on behalf of the legends.

Twardzik became Old Dominion University's intitial first team All-American basketball player after leading the Monarchs to the runner-up honors in the 1971 NCAA Division II national championships.

Twardzik inspired his teammates to 56 victories in three years before going on to spark the Portland Trailblazers to the 1976-77 NBA championship. In between, the 6-1 guard proved himself in professional basketball with the American Basketball Association's Virginia Squires.

The former Monarch captain, whose number 14 was retired in 1972, dished out 880 assists which was the school record until 1988 when Frank Smith broke it.

Twardzik dished out 332 assists in 1970-71, finished the 1970-71 season with a 84.5 free throw percentage and hit 222 free thorws that season. He also made 24 of 26 free throws in a game against cross-town rival Norfolk State, and still owns the school record with 20 assists in a game against Mount St. Mary's.

His outstanding play earned him berths on Associated Press, United Press International, Basketball News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American teams after the 1971-72 season.

Since leaving the playing court, Twardzik was the General Manager for Golden State, 1995-97, interim head coach for Indiana Pacers in 1989 and currently director for player personell with the Orlando Magic.

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