Sports Briefs

Tiffany Snow wins Honda Award
Tiffany Snow (Escondido, Calif.) was named field hockey’s Honda Award winner in December, an honor presented annually to the top women’s collegiate athlete in the nation in each of 12 sports. A senior midfielder, Snow was tied for second in the nation in points (75), second in goals scored (30) and 11th in assists (15). On defense she led the Lady Monarchs to six shutouts and recorded a team-best three saves.

Snow finished her four-year ODU career ranked sixth all-time in goals (71) and points (182).

The All-American was also named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and CAA Tournament MVP after guiding the Lady Monarchs to their seventh straight and 11th overall conference title.

Snow earned NCAA All-Tournament honors after helping lead ODU to its 22nd straight NCAA Tournament berth and 15th Final Four appearance. The 2002 Lady Monarch field hockey team finished the season at 19-4.

Snow is the sixth Lady Monarch to be honored with the Honda Award. She joins former winners Yolanda Hightower ’82, Christy Morgan ’84, Kelli James ’92, Mimi Smith ’98 and Marina DiGiacomo ’00.

Robert Barker ’96 tapped as crew chief for NASCAR team
Robert “Bootie” Barker ’96 has been named crew chief for the #77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Ford Team and driver Dave Blaney, becoming the first crew chief in major motorsports history to reach that top level of management in a wheelchair.

Before moving up to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Barker served two full seasons as crew chief for the #23 Bill Davis Racing team and driver Scott Wimmer in the Busch Series. He also
is a former chassis/shock specialist for four-time Winston Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon (1999-2000) and Ward Burton (1998-99).

“Every guy in my position wants to compete against the best, and this opportunity to work with the Jasper team and Dave gives me the platform to race against the best in the world every week in the Winston Cup Series,” said Barker.

A native of Halifax, Va., Barker began his career working on late model stock cars for current Busch Series regular and fellow ODU alum Ashton Lewis Jr. ’96 while in college. Barker earned his degree in mechanical engineering.

Mike Jones leads DeMatha High as interim coach
Former Monarch basketball star Mike Jones ’95 led the famed DeMatha Catholic High School Stags as interim coach in 2002-03, filling the very large shoes of legendary mentor Morgan Wootten who, over 46 seasons at the private Hyattsville, Md., school, won more games (1,274) than any other boys’ or men’s coach.

Jones, who played under Wootten, also served as one of his assistants for three years prior to accepting the head coaching position and has served as the school’s director of admissions the past five years. “In high school coaching circles, this is the job to have,” Jones commented at the start of the season. School officials have said they hope to announce their selection of a permanent coach by mid-April.

Jones’ DeMatha team finished the regular season with a 12-15 record.

As a Monarch, Jones played in two NCAA tournaments and left ODU with a .406 career three-point shooting average, second-best in school history.

Anne Donovan to coach WNBA’s Seattle Storm
Former ODU All-American Anne Donovan ’83, who led the Charlotte Sting to the WNBA playoffs the last two seasons, signed a multiyear contract late last year as head coach of the league’s Seattle Storm.

A 1995 inductee into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Donovan began her WNBA coaching career as interim head coach of the expansion Indiana Fever in 2000. She posted a 36-28 record as the Sting’s mentor over two seasons.

First women’s golf coach named
Pat Kotten, a two-time conference coach of the year, has been named ODU’s first women’s golf coach. The program begins competition this fall.

Kotten has 12 years of Division I experience. He served as the men’s coach at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and started the women’s program, which he coached four seasons.

Alumni crew club seeks rowers
Former students affiliated with the Old Dominion Rowing Club who would like to become members of the Old Dominion Crew Alumni are asked to contact Barb Hickman Frith ’94 at or 757-440-5041.

The club has many events and activities planned for the year, including regattas, social events, newsletters and fund-raisers.

Dave Pattie ’97, a former student rower and member of the alumni club, placed second in the men’s single sculls A category (27-35-year-old bracket) at the 2002 U.S. Rowing Masters National Championships.

Vendegh repeats as Player of the Year
Junior forward Attila Vendegh (Bratislava, Slovakia) was selected as the 2002 Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Player of the Year, becoming the first player to win the award in back-to-back seasons since 1985.

Vendegh led the CAA with 15 goals and 36 points, ranking him among the top 20 players in the nation in both categories. He already holds the ODU career record for goals (45) and points (105).

Sailor captures national title
Sophomore Anna Tunnicliffe (Perrysburg, Ohio) captured the ICSA/Vanguard North America Women’s Singlehanded Sailing National Championship in November, marking ODU’s 13th national title in sailing.

Tunnicliffe, who won the Lutz Trophy for her achievement, is the first Lady Monarch to win a singlehanded title.