Last season, ODAC indoor track athletes took to the new Kerr-Cregger Field House at Roanoke College like it had been a regular conference venue for a full history of meets with 13 combined overall and championship records falling and a sea of personal-bests established. We could be in for more of the same on Sunday as conference member schools return to Salem for the 2018 ODAC Indoor Track Championships.
Roanoke College forward Josh Freund and Randolph-Macon College mentor Josh Merkel headline the 2018 All-ODAC Men's Basketball Awards, announced by the ODAC on Friday morning. Freund was named the Kurt Axe Memorial Player of the Year, while Merkel received Bob Johnson Coach of the Year honors. Bridgewater College guard Dimetri Chambers was tabbed the ODAC Rookie of the Year, while Washington and Lee University forward Nicholas George earned ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in a vote of the league's sports information directors.
Randolph-Macon College center Kelly Williams and Emory & Henry College head coach Anne Crutchfield headline the 2018 All-ODAC Women's Basketball Awards, announced by the ODAC on Thursday morning. Williams was named the ODAC Player of the Year, while Crutchfield received ODAC Coach of the Year honors. Washington and Lee University garnered the remaining two laurels with guard Katie Popp earning ODAC Rookie of the Year distinction and fellow backcourt mate Emily Perszyk featuring as the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Spring sports are nearly in full action, even with the weather playing games with the past week's schedules. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Kelly Williams from Randolph-Macon women's basketball, Clayton Murtha from Washington and Lee men's basketball, Annie McCorry from Shenandoah women's lacrosse, Garritt Schwarz from Roanoke men's lacrosse, Shep Sims from W&L men's indoor track, Lindsey Baxter from RC women's indoor track, Connor Faint from Eastern Mennonite men's indoor track, Amber Celen from Bridgewater women's indoor track, Leslie Bourgeois from Lynchburg softball, Austin Batten from BC baseball, Hannah Hull from Virginia Wesleyan softball, Colin Selby from R-MC baseball, and Michelle Fleenor from W&L women's tennis.
Emory & Henry College won for the ninth straight outing on Saturday afternoon, eliminating the possibility for a tie at the top of the standings and securing the #1 seed in the upcoming ODAC Women's Basketball Tournament. There were, however, three other ties that helped shape the tournament field.
Four different ties dotted the final men's basketball standings, dictating much of the seeding in the upcoming ODAC Men's Basketball Tournament. Unlike last season, there was not a tie that included the top seed with Randolph-Macon College earning this season's top billing.
Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn announced that following a national search, Garrett LeRose '07 has been promoted to head football coach effective immediately. LeRose had previously served as the program's assistant head coach and coach of tight ends and wide receivers.
It was another banner campaign for ODAC men's and women's swimming, which culminated in the 2018 championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center this past weekend. The news continues today with the announcement of the 2018 All-ODAC Swimming Awards.
Spring seasons are starting to trickle into action with baseball and men's lacrosse joining indoor track and basketball in this week's awards pool. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Zach Loewenberg and Carson McKoon from Washington and Lee baseball, Connor Schroeder from Lynchburg men's basketball, Kelly Williams from Randolph-Macon women's basketball, Hunter Brown from Hampden-Sydney men's lacrosse, Lindsey Baxter from Roanoke indoor track, Donovan Fiore from W&L indoor track, Natalie Deacon from LC indoor track, and Shep Sims from W&L indoor track.
Eastern Mennonite University has announced the hiring of current assistant coach Melvin Felix as the new Head Men's Basketball Coach. He has been the lead assistant at EMU under Coach Kirby Dean the past seven seasons.