ODU football coach Bobby Wilder to be inducted into Maine Sports Hall of Fame

ODU head football coach Bobby Wilder (Courtesy: ODU Athletics)
ODU head football coach Bobby Wilder (Courtesy: ODU Athletics)

Old Dominion University Football Head Coach Bobby Wilder will be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, the hall of fame announced on Thursday.

“I am extremely humbled to accept this tremendous honor. I can honestly say this is not anything I ever thought would happen when I was a kid growing up in Madison, Maine. I would like to thank my wife Pam, and my sons Derek and Drew, for their many sacrifices during my coaching career. I could not have had this success without their love and support,” Wilder said. “I would like to thank my parents for teaching me about work ethic and supporting all of my athletic endeavors growing up. I was the kid that always had a ball in my hands. For every coach I had, worked for or watched, thank you. To the state of Maine, I look forward to seeing you this summer!”

Wilder was an All-Maine basketball and football player in his native Madison before attending the University of Maine, where he started at quarterback as a sophomore and led the 1986 team to the Yankee Conference championship. He graduated as the program’s all-time leading passer.

Since resurrecting the ODU football program in 2009, Wilder has led the Monarchs to a record of 72-37, a pair of FCS playoff victories and the first bowl game and win in school history.

Wilder led the Monarchs to a 17-5 mark in the first two years to claim the best start-up program in FCS history, and led ODU to an FCS playoff berths in 2011 and 2012. In their final season in the CAA in 2012, ODU won the league championship and ranked No. 6 in the final FCS poll of the year with an 11-2 record.

In their second season of bowl eligibility, Wilder led the Monarchs to a 24-20 victory over Eastern Michigan in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl to cap a 10-3 season and become the youngest program since NCAA Division I was formed to have a double-digit win season.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 3 at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono.

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