Wilder's Contract Extended Through 2021
Harry Howard Jr. | Sports Editor
ODU Football head coach Bobby Wilder won’t be leaving the program anytime soon after signing a five-year contract extension on March 31. The Monarch football team has a record of 67-30 during Wilder’s eight-year tenure and last season was the most successful ever ending with a 24-20 victory over Eastern Michigan at the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.
“No one is more qualified or better suited to lead ODU’s football program for the foreseeable future than Bobby Wilder. We are fortunate to have his passion, loyalty and longevity. I know everyone within the Hampton Roads community is looking forward to these next five years together,” ODU Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig said.
Monarch football’s 10-3 record this past season was the third ten win season in Wilder’s career. He, however, isn’t the only one on his staff receiving an extension. Seven assistants on his staff will receive two-year contracts.
Under Wilder’s new contract extension, his annual salary is now $650,000.
“I am excited and grateful to sign this contract as I enter my 11th year as the head coach of Old Dominion. We are focused on the process of improving as a program as we enter the 2017 season. I am very proud of all the players, coaches, staff, administrators, faculty and 12th Monarchs that have worked to achieve a 67-30 record in our eight years of football at ODU. We will work together to continue to bring value every day to the university as people, students and program,” Wilder said.
The contract includes an annual raise if the team wins seven or more games in a season. With seven wins next season, Wilder’s contract will increase to 675,000 a year.
“Bobby has been the architect behind the success of ODU football for over a decade. He has helped us in becoming the model start-up program relative to success in the classroom, on the field and within the community measured by our high graduation rates, overall competitive success at every level throughout our evolution and our 54 consecutive game sell out streak,” Selig said.
Wilder’s team opened up spring practice last week and will host their annual spring game on April 15. Prior to the game, the team will host the 49th Annual Toyota Charity Bowl and fourth annual Big Blue 1K and 5K. The Big Blue 1K Kids run will be the first event of the day at 10 a.m. followed by the 5K at 10:30 a.m. Bobby Wilder will be the official race starter and runners will finish on the 50-yard line at Foreman Field. The Charity Bowl will begin at 1 p.m. and admission will be free.