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Best odu athletes ever
My daughter wrote a piece about best athletes at each acc school and it had me thinking, being nothing is going on.What are odu's best ten athletes of all time.interested in your choices.I'll go with lieberman 1,donovan 2,Verlander 3,twardzik 4,mark west 5,gattison 6,heineke 7,valentine 8,Pascal 9,nissen 10.what say you?
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(06-08-2020 05:29 PM)jaybird44 Wrote:  My daughter wrote a piece about best athletes at each acc school and it had me thinking, being nothing is going on.What are odu's best ten athletes of all time.interested in your choices.I'll go with lieberman 1,donovan 2,Verlander 3,twardzik 4,mark west 5,gattison 6,heineke 7,valentine 8,Pascal 9,nissen 10.what say you?

This is a tricky question. Are you talking "best athletes", or are you talking "best at their sport" - then judging which had the greatest sports impact overall?

For example, Twardzik wouldn't rate as high on the athletic scale as Bazemore, but he would rate higher on the basketball player scale (IMO).
06-08-2020 07:40 PM
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(06-08-2020 05:29 PM)jaybird44 Wrote:  My daughter wrote a piece about best athletes at each acc school and it had me thinking, being nothing is going on.What are odu's best ten athletes of all time.interested in your choices.I'll go with lieberman 1,donovan 2,Verlander 3,twardzik 4,mark west 5,gattison 6,heineke 7,valentine 8,Pascal 9,nissen 10.what say you?

Nice, but what about non-revenue sports. There have been some great field hockey players who were All-Americans and Olympians. A few soccer players played in the pros after stellar Monarch careers. Wrestling also has had a few All-Americans.
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RE: Best odu athletes ever
One of the best athletes to play MBB at ODU was Richard Ross.
06-08-2020 08:42 PM
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(06-08-2020 08:42 PM)DaBigBlue Wrote:  One of the best athletes to play MBB at ODU was Richard Ross.

Yes he was.
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(06-08-2020 07:58 PM)NC ODUFan Wrote:  
(06-08-2020 05:29 PM)jaybird44 Wrote:  My daughter wrote a piece about best athletes at each acc school and it had me thinking, being nothing is going on.What are odu's best ten athletes of all time.interested in your choices.I'll go with lieberman 1,donovan 2,Verlander 3,twardzik 4,mark west 5,gattison 6,heineke 7,valentine 8,Pascal 9,nissen 10.what say you?

Nice, but what about non-revenue sports. There have been some great field hockey players who were All-Americans and Olympians. A few soccer players played in the pros after stellar Monarch careers. Wrestling also has had a few All-Americans.

Marina Digiacomo (ODU) was the best college field hockey player I have ever seen.
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Travis Fulgham pound for pound was the most athletic person I’ve ever met. Surprisingly, Joe Pulisic was amazing at every sport he played, especially ping pong.
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(06-08-2020 07:58 PM)NC ODUFan Wrote:  
(06-08-2020 05:29 PM)jaybird44 Wrote:  My daughter wrote a piece about best athletes at each acc school and it had me thinking, being nothing is going on.What are odu's best ten athletes of all time.interested in your choices.I'll go with lieberman 1,donovan 2,Verlander 3,twardzik 4,mark west 5,gattison 6,heineke 7,valentine 8,Pascal 9,nissen 10.what say you?

Nice, but what about non-revenue sports. There have been some great field hockey players who were All-Americans and Olympians. A few soccer players played in the pros after stellar Monarch careers. Wrestling also has had a few All-Americans.

All American's...Wrestling has had national champions. I would agree, there were some amazing field hockey players. What about Tischa Penicherrio, I have never seen a better basketball player, male or female at ODU
06-09-2020 06:33 AM
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(06-08-2020 08:46 PM)elon77 Wrote:  
(06-08-2020 08:42 PM)DaBigBlue Wrote:  One of the best athletes to play MBB at ODU was Richard Ross.

Yes he was.
Jonathan Adams would be up there as well.

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Drew Williamson should be in the conversation.
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RE: Best odu athletes ever
Im assuming they meant best at their sports. Heincke and Verlander weren't great "athletes" in that sense.

Heinicke and Pascal at football
There are a few basketball players that played in the NBA

But, I would venture to guess we have a lot of field hockey and womens soccer players that were really good but I have never followed much
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RE: Best odu athletes ever
For the ones that I've followed- for pure athleticism.

Richard Ross (could have played Di Track & Field, Football)
Kenny Gattison (wasn't he offered a full ride to play TE at UCLA)?
Tischa
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If the list doesn't start with Nancy Lieberman than this list is wrong.
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(06-09-2020 11:38 AM)PhillyFlorz Wrote:  If the list doesn't start with Nancy Lieberman than this list is wrong.

Gotta agree. And it has to include Ticha as well. I also agree with whoever said Richard Ross. As a pure athlete, he was incredible.
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RE: Best odu athletes ever
Best at their sport or best pure athlete?
Best pure athletes might include Wilson Washington, Richard Ross, David Washington and Ticha Penicheiro, who were also some of the best at their sport.
Best at their Sport will include a long list of MBB players including Dave Twardzik, Kent Bazemore, Cal Bowdler, Mark Davis, Chris Gatling.
Kenny Gattison, Ronnie Valentine, and Mark West, and yes there are arguments for others as well.
Women's players include Anne Donovan, Nancy Lieberman, and Inge Nissan, and Nyree Roberts, there are a number of others
Baseball players include Justin Verlander, Kevin Bearse, Wayne Gomes, Dan Hudson, and Ryan Yarbrough, there are others
Football includes TH, Zach Pascal, OX, and David Born. there are a number of others here as well.
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HOW ABOUT..... 01-ncaabbs Terry Allen aka Magnum TA 03-nutkick
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Anne Donovan won a national championship with Old Dominion University, won two Olympic gold medals, and went to three Final Fours overall. She was also named Naismith College Player of the Year in 1983, the first year it was awarded.
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Certainly all of our wall of fame players were great athletes. Richard Ross is an example where extreme athleticism enabled him to contribute despite an otherwise average skill set In that vein, I submit two others: Bernard Royster and Angela Cotman.
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(06-09-2020 02:57 PM)AimHigh Wrote:  HOW ABOUT..... 01-ncaabbs Terry Allen aka Magnum TA 03-nutkick
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We sure could have used him on our wrestling team. I'm sure nikita koloff might have had some eligibility left lol.
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