Oct. 17, 2011
NORFOLK, VA--ODU Field Hockey coach Beth Anders, the nation's winningest Division I coach and former Lady Monarch basketball coach Wendy Larry ('77) who became the nation's 20th all-time coach to reach the 600 win plateau were two of six to be inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday night, Oct. 18 at Norfolk Scope.
They joined former NFL players Dwight Stephenson , Roger Brown, former Hampton Roads Admirals owner and operator Blake Cullen and the late Dick Price, longtime Norfolk State coach and athletic director for induction.
The hall of fame, Housed in the lobby of Harbor Park, was established in 2008 as a way to honor athletes, coaches, Administrators who have made a significant contributions to sports locally.
Beth Anders, the first Division I field hockey coach to reach the 500 victory plateau, enters her 29th season at the helm of the Old Dominion field hockey program. With a career record of 524-127-7, Anders has cemented her status as one of the elite coaches throughout intercollegiate athletics.
At Old Dominion, Anders has mentored the field hockey team for over 28 years and has led her teams to perennial appearances in the NCAA tournament. This year's Lady Monarch squad has been ranked number one nationally. Under Ander's tutelage, the Lady Monarchs have achieved more honors than any other field hockey program in NCAA history. Among the most prestigious, Anders and her teams have brought the NCAA Championship trophy back to Norfolk an unprecedented nine times. In addition, the Lady Monarchs have won the CAA crown 14 of 20 times since joining the league in 1991.
Anders' love for her sport is infectious, as many former Old Dominion student-athletes have grown into respectable players and coaches in and around the world's field hockey family. A total of 15 former Old Dominion players coached by Anders have participated in the last four Olympics, which include a bronze medalist in NCAA all-time leading scorer Marina DiGiacomo for Argentina and a silver medalist for Maacha van der Vaart of the Netherlands at the Olympics in Athens, Greece in the summer of 2004. The list grew in the summer of 2008 as four Lady Monarchs - Tiffany Snow, Angie Loy, Dana Sensenig, and Caroline Nichols - were named to the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2008 Beijing Games.
Anders challenges her teams to not only excel on the field, but in the classroom as well. Since 1989, the Lady Monarch teams have had a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better. In 2009, her team boasted the highest GPA among all Division I field hockey programs compiling a team average of 3.51. They also had the highest national GPA's in 2006 and 2007.Certainly the epitome of Anders' student-athletes is Samantha Salvia, the school's first ever Rhodes Scholar who graduated in 1996 with a 4.0 GPA in environmental and civil engineering.
Anders has consistently made contributions throughout here life to the game of field hockey. As a player, she has participated at every level possible, including World Cup and Olympic events. Her coaching achievements are nothing short of impressive, including nine national collegiate titles, a bronze medal at the Pan American World Cup Games, and the distinction of being the winningest Division I field hockey coach in the country. Considered by many to be a pioneer of her sport, her resume is dotted with a long list of incredible achievements and monumental firsts.
Anders was a four-time All-College field hockey and lacrosse player before graduating from Ursinus College with a B.S. degree in health and physical education. The Norristown, Pennsylvania Native was also selected to the national collegiate basketball team and won the intercollegiate squash championship in 1970.
Wendy Larry's career at Old Dominion spanned more than 30 years, as one of the first women student-athletes to receive a grant-in-aid to ODU, as a graduate and assistant coach, and as the head coach of the Lady Monarchs from 1987-2011. She became the 20th all-time coach to win 600 career games in December, and completes her tenure at ODU with a 608-234 overall record and 559-203 slate at ODU. Larry's teams reached 20 NCAA Tournaments, captured a NCAA record setting 17-straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Titles from 1992-2008, and advanced to the championship game of the NCAA tournament in 1997
Larry was the recipient of Coach of the Year awards from three different leagues, most recently in 2010 with her eighth CAA Coach of the Year selection. She has also been recognized on the national level as well with WBCA District III, RCA, Sporting News, and in 1997 as the United States Women's Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Coach of the Year.
Nine of Larry's former players have been drafted by the WNBA. Following the 2002 season, Larry witnessed four of her former Old Dominion student-athletes reach the pro ranks as Old Dominion joined Connecticut with the most athletes selected in the draft. Former Lady Monarchs Ticha Penicheiro and Hamchetou Maiga-Ba won the 2005 WNBA Championship with Sacramento Monarchs. Maiga-Ba was also featured on the world's stage as she joined her native Mali national team in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Wendy served a six-year term as President of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and as a member of the USA Basketball Collegiate Selection Committee. She was also involved with the USA Today Coaches Poll board, the NCAA East Regional Women's Basketball Advisory Committee, and the advisory committee for Coaches vs. Cancer. Active in the Hampton Roads community, she sat on the Board of Directors for the Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity. Larry was the honorary chair of the 2003 Race for the Cure in Hampton Roads, and her teams were active with the annual race. She supported the "Hoops for a Cure" event at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, which helps raise money for the Tidewater chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She initiated the Hampton Roads Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome awareness and was actively involved in "Out of the Darkness", an event for suicide awareness. Wendy was the Hampton Roads Professional Woman of the Year in 2000.
Larry is a native of Bloomingdale, N.J., and was recently inducted into the Butler High School Hall of Fame in April.
Larry stepped down as head coach in May and will remain at the University, with responsibilities for assisting the Office of University Advancement for athletic related fundraising projects, and Alumni events.