A familiar team sits atop the 2018 ODAC Field Hockey Preseason Poll as Washington and Lee University tops the chart produced by the league's head coaches for a third straight season. The Generals collected 62 total points including six first place votes. The University of Lynchburg sits second with 55 tallies and a pair of top nods, while Roanoke College rounds out the upper trio with 51 markers and the remaining first place consideration.
The top-six places in the ODAC Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll shuffled positions this season, except for the top spot. Three-time defending ODAC champion Washington and Lee University garnered 10 first place votes for the second straight year on the way to 141 total points. The University of Lynchburg moved up a few rungs to second position with 128 markers including a pair of first place votes. Bridgewater College sits third with 111 tallies, while Shenandoah University climbs to fourth with 108 points and the remaining top nod.
The top of the ODAC Men's Cross Country Preseason Poll looks much the same as last year with three-time defending champion Washington and Lee University heading the list produced annually by the league's head coaches. The Generals collected 11 first place votes on the way to a chart-topping 121 points. Bridgewater College and the University of Lynchburg also held suit from a season ago in second and third positions, respectively. The Eagles picked up 110 tallies including the remaining top nod, while the Hornets garnered 100 total points.
The 2018 season opens with one of tightest preseason polls in recent ODAC volleyball history as Washington and Lee University holds the top position by just one point over Randolph-Macon College in the annual coach's survey. The Generals garnered 139 total points powered by seven first place votes, while the three-time defending champion Yellow Jackets secured the remaining six top nods on the way to 138 tallies.
Eastern Mennonite University has announced Jenny Logan as the new Head Women?s Basketball Coach. Logan recently completed her third season at Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Hollins University and will start in Harrisonburg on August 23. She replaces Kevin Griffin, who announced his resignation in July.
Hollins University has named Sherri West as director of the school's equestrian program and head riding coach. She will oversee all aspects of the program, including teaching classes, conducting practices, and preparing the equestrian team and individual riders for competition in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
Sweet Briar College has hired Jacob Smith, most recently an assistant cross country/track and field coach at Coe College, as its head cross country and strength and conditioning coach. Prior to his time at Coe, Smith was the assistant cross country/track and field coach at Christopher Newport University.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is pleased to announce the 2017-18 ODAC Sportsmanship Teams in each of the conference's 24 sponsored sports. The squads are comprised of a student-athlete selected by the coaching staffs of each team competing under the conference banner with all sports and schools fully represented.
Randolph-Macon Athletic Director Jeff Burns announced Thursday that Jill Briles-Hinton has been selected to lead the Randolph-Macon Women's Golf program. Briles-Hinton touts more than 15 years of collegiate coaching experience at the University of Richmond and the University of Florida, as well as spending 12 years on the LPGA Tour.
David Cheromei, who led Virginia Intermont College to historic success as a student-athlete, has been named the head coach for the Emory & Henry College men's & women's cross country/track & field teams.