Monarchs coach Bobby Wilder resigns after 11 seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Old Dominion Monarchs head football coach Bobby Wilder has resigned. He resigned from his position on Monday morning.

Wilder had been football leader since the 2007 season. The 55-year-old guided the program guided the program to a 1-11 record — most losses in program history — in his final season in 2019 at the school.

Former Old Dominion Monarchs head football coach Bobby Wilder celebrates a win over the Virginia Tech Hokies
Bobby Wilder celebrates a win over the Virginia Tech Hokies (Getty Images)

“This should in no way detract from or diminish the sacrifice and commitment that Coach Wilder has given ODU and our entire Hampton Roads community while leading our football program,” Athletic Director Dr. Camden Wood Selig said. Coach Wilder has dedicated the last 13 years of his professional career in the pursuit of excellence for ODU football. I am extremely grateful to Bobby Wilder, our assistant coaches, our student athletes and our football support staff.

“Collectively they have given everything of themselves. They have represented ODU with class and dignity.”

Following the 2016 season when the team went 10-3, including a win in the Bahamas Bowl, the Monarchs have struggled. Over the last three seasons, Wilder guided the program to a 10-26 record.

The most wins during this three-year stretch of losing records was five wins, which came during the 2017 season. At the school, Wilder was 77-56, including a 32-32 conference record.

Wilder coached the team for two seasons as an FCS Independent in 2009 and 2010. Then, was the leader of the program for two seasons when the program was part of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2011 and 2012, before becoming an independent once again in 2013.

Since the 2014 season, the Monarchs have been part of the FBS leave in Conference USA. As an FBS coach since joining the FBS level, the program has gone 31-42.

“The last three seasons have been extremely challenging measured by the lack of victories, rapidly declining stadium attendance, substantial lost ticket revenue and the overall loss of program momentum, all occurring at a time while opening a new stadium during which all of these metrics should be peaking,” Wilder said. “Our goals for our ODU football program are the same as for all of our athletic programs. We want to provide opportunities for student-athletes to compete consistently for conference championships and national prominence.”

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