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Old Dominion University President Roseann Runte today announced the formation of a seven-person search committee that will play a key role in the selection of the university's new football coach.

Runte said longtime ODU athletic director Jim Jarrett will chair the committee and ultimately recommend to her and the Board of Visitors the successful candidate. Others members of the committee represent the administration, faculty, student body, alumni, Intercollegiate Foundation and Board of Visitors.

"I believe we have an excellent committee that represents the various constituencies that comprise the Old Dominion University community," Runte said. "These individuals, teamed with Dr. Jim Jarrett, should ensure we continue our outstanding tradition of hiring the very best coaches for our athletic programs."

Committee members are:

· John R. Broderick, vice president for institutional advancement, admissions and chief of staff. Broderick was a member of the committee that reviewed the men's basketball head coaching candidates.

· Anshita Kumar, a senior finance major who is an alternate student member to the Board of Visitors and a Student Government Association committee chair, will represent the student body.

· Kevin Larkin '94, the senior vice president at Bank of America in Norfolk and a former ODU basketball captain and Academic All American, will serve as the alumni representative.

· Robin Ray, president of Atlantic Dominion Distributors, is a longtime supporter of the university and a former chair and current member of the Intercollegiate Foundation board.

· Janis Sanchez-Hucles, a psychology department chair at the university, serves as the chair of the university athletic committee and as the university's faculty representative to the NCAA.

· Moody "Sonny" Stallings, a 1973 graduate of ODU and Virginia Beach attorney, has been a member of the university's Board of Visitors since 2002.

"I look forward to working with the committee and taking advantage of numerous athletic professionals, including our consultants Dick Sheridan and George Welsh, to assist in the search," says Jarrett.

In May, Old Dominion University officials announced the school would start a Division I-AA football program, with the first team taking the field in 2009.

ODU's 20,000-seat Foreman Field, which was built in 1936, will be refurbished as the home stadium for the new football program. Renovations will include upgraded seating, locker rooms, press facilities, and the addition of luxury suites. The Monarchs will compete on the NCAA Division I-AA football level in their current sports conference, the Colonial Athletic Association.

Runte expects the committee to make recommendations by February of 2007.

This article was posted on: November 8, 2006

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