NORFOLK, VA-- ODU Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig was awarded the Tom Fergusson Memorial Award as the Man of the Year in Sports at the Norfolk Sports Club Jamboree Monday night.
The Tom Fergusson Memorial Award to the Man of the Year in Sports, was named after the Norfolk Sports Club’s second President, and first presented in 1943. The award was named for Mr. Fergusson due to his tremendous efforts in growing the Norfolk Sports Club, by obtaining outstanding sports figures from military bases as speakers.
Now in his fourth year, Selig has transformed the future for Monarch athletics, spearheading the University’s move to Conference USA this year and the transition of the football program to the FBS level.
Selig hit the ground running in 2010, implementing a new strategic plan for the department, upgrading athletic facilities, and directing fundraising projects for a new basketball practice facility and an indoor hitting center for baseball (set for completion in 2013-14).
Under his leadership, the 2012-13 athletic year was another brilliant year competitively for ODU teams and student-athletes, defining the department’s theme of “Championship Effort” on the fields of competition and in the classroom:
- ODU Athletics finished the 2012-13 year ranked 101 (out of 346 NCAA Division I programs) in the Learfield Cup Division I Standings, ahead of all CAA teams and 2nd among returning members of Conference USA
- Women’s golf was honored by the NCAA for their perfect APR score 1000 (and for the 2nd year recognized in the top 10% academically in the country) and 3 teams earned 990 or higher (field hockey, women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse)
- Over half of ODU’s 450 student-athletes earned a 3.0 or better during the 2012 fall semester and 5% of all ODU student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 in the spring of 2013
Selig’s personal approach with donors and fans has also reaped big benefits for the athletic program. In 2012-13, the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation achieved another record setting year with donations and its membership:
- over $4 million raised in donations to the Annual Fund
- ODAF membership exceeded its goal of 3,000 total members
- closing in on the $8 million fundraising goal for a new men’s and women’s basketball practice facility, with plans to break ground upon the completion of fundraising
- nearly $4 million has been raised towards its $5 million goal to transition to FBS Football and Conference USA, without raising student fees, in order to finance Old Dominion’s bold and ambitious move
“We have lofty goals and expectations within ODU Athletics,” says Selig. “We want to position our teams regularly to finish in the top quartile within their league race, knowing if they have such regular season success, national prominence and post season competition will follow. We are aggressively pursuing 10% annual growth for our primary income sources - ticket sales, corporate sponsorship, and private giving. We need to continue to expand our footprint of support for our program in order to accomplish these ambitious revenue goals.”
“Additionally, we will continue to strive for academic excellence and a quality intercollegiate athletic experience for all ODU student-athletes while serving as a source of pride for alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students of ODU.”
A native of Norfolk and graduate of Norfolk Collegiate, Selig spent 11 years directing the Western Kentucky University Hilltopper program, which won 70 Sun Belt Conference championships since from 2000-2010 and a national- record 19 crowns during the 2008-10 seasons. He was a key figure in guiding the WKU football program’s move from NCAA Division I-AA to I-A in 2007, and he spearheaded more than $100 million in new construction and renovations of Hilltopper facilities. The Hilltoppers also won more individual Sun Belt academic honors than any other league school from 2005-2010.
Selig earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington and Lee University, a master’s in sports administration from Ohio University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Virginia with a minor in business from Darden.