To be the best or ultimately the greatest, is the quest for those who become involved in sports. The Hall of Fame is the ultimate judge of your greatness. On October 22at the Norfolk Scope, three of Old Dominion greats, former Monarch Men’s coach Paul Webb, former stand -out Monarch Leo Anthony and former men’s baseball coach Bud Metheny will be honored for their illustrious careers as athletes and or coaches in the Hampton Roads area. When they are inducted into the sixth Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame class. Individually and collectively, these men are contributors to ODU’s relevance in collegiate sports history.
Paul Webb, who has the most wins in Virginia collegiate basketball history, coached for 29 years and in those years he amassed a record 511 wins and only 257 losses. Webb put in work! His winning percentage of .677 is a higher percentage than legendary Notre Dame coach, Digger Phelps. Coach Webb was the head man at ODU for 10 of those years. In those years his teams were 196-99. In his first year, Big Blue reached the NIT final four. In the 1976-77 season; Webb coached the team to 25-4 record. During the 1979-80 season, the first in Division 1, odusports.com list his achievements: “ODU defeated Georgetown, 80-58 for the ECAC South Championship. ODU won a then State record 22 straight games and Webb was named ECAC Upstate-Southern Division Coach-of-the-Year. The Monarchs won 3 ECAC championships under Webb.”
At the time of his retirement in 1985, he had accumulated thesixth highest win percentage in the nation. Webb was Mr. Consistent while he coached the Monarchs and 9 of his 10 seasons ended in postseason play. Also according to odusports.com, Webb’s teams went to four NCAA tournaments, and 5 National Invitational Tournaments; NIT. Webb turned the Monarch program into a very respectable one in his limited time here, and after retiring Webb started a basketball camp. The Paul Webb Basketball Camp is run for children in the Hampton Roads area. He and his son, Eddie Webb instills fundamental skill into their young campers every summer.
One of my biggest regrets as an avid basketball lover is never attending the camp. Long after his career on the sidelines was over, Webb continued developing basketball talent. The Hampton Roads Hall of Fame, will be Webb’sfourth Hall of Fame induction, others include; William and Mary, ODU Sports and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
Not to be out done, walk down 43 and Parker Avenue, and you’ll see how ODU immortalized the great Bud Metheny. When a school names its baseball complex after you; the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex, you are that guy. Metheny, coached at ODU for 32 years. Not only was he head baseball coach, but also basketball coach. As baseball coach he posted a record of, 423-263-6, was named Eastern Regional coach of the year in back to back seasons;1963-64. In 1964, he was also named National Coach of the year. As basketball coach, from 1948-65, he had a record of 198-163. His 198 wins are the most wins for any ODU tenure. Metheny also worked as Athletic Director, from 1963-1970. This will be Metheny’s fifth enshrinement as he is also honored in; College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, William & Mary Hall of Fame, and the Tidewater Baseball Hall of Fame.
Last, but certainly not least is Leo Anthony. Anthony is my type of basketball player, a pure scorer! In his time on ODU’s basketball team “he got buckets!” Anthony was the first All- American to attend the university. While it had superstar Anthony, the Monarchs had a record of 55-27. Anthony scored 30 points, in 29 games during his career; including 12 games of 35 or more points. He scored 26.6 per game during his career and set the single season scoring average while averaging 31 points a game his senior year. Every year his production increased, Anthony averaged 24.1 as a freshman, 25.3 as a sophomore, 26.3 as a junior and the aforementioned 31 his final season. He was also a four-year baseball star for the Monarchs.
Anthony became an excellent high school coach; with over 400 victories in basketball. He became one of the best basketball coaches in the Hampton Roads area. He is also an ODU Sports Hall of Fame, inaugural member.
The Hall of Fame is the ultimate validation, “When you’re standing in the hall of fame, and the world’s gonna know your name. ‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame and you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame,” says The Scrip Hall of Fame lyrics.