It has been an unusual beginning to Coach Ricky Rahne start at ODU after accepting the head coaching position when doing so in December of 2019. Coach Rahne has inherited a team with one win in 2019 and immediately got to work revamping the coaching staff and getting to work with recruiting.
Fast forward a few months and the nation is stricken with a pandemic which resulted in Old Dominion having to cancel their entire 2020 season. Cool brisk autumn Saturday nights under the lights lost to ensuring the community their safety and protection.
With 2020 behind, the fans along with the student body have nothing but green grass ahead with their sights on the end zone. The 2021 season's schedule has been announced and should have everyone excited for the upcoming programs ODU is set to play. The Monarchs open their season on the road versus a Power-five opponent, Wake Forest.
This will be the first ever matchup between the two teams and will be aired on ACC Network on Friday, September 3rd. The Monarchs then make their season opener at S.B. Ballard Stadium against the Hampton Pirates. The Monarchs are 5-0 all-time versus the Hampton Pirates and look to continue that streak. ODU's schedule is no easy task in 2021, when they play a road game against the Liberty Flames.
Liberty is fresh off a 10-1 season which included a bowl win versus #12 Coastal Carolina which gave the Flames a #17 ranking in the AP Polls. When Head Coach Rahne was asked about the upcoming schedule, he responded "With this announcement, the process for preparing for the 2021 season truly begins, but our main priority will continue to be 1-0 each and every day." This concept will keep the players and staff focus on a week by week basis and only worried about the opponent that is next.
The team returns home the following week to host the Buffalo Bulls, a team that went 6-1 and winning their bowl game against Marshall University. The four remaining home games the Monarchs will play the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers (10/16), the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (10/30), the Florida Atlantic Owls (11/13), and finishing their regular season against the Charlotte 49ers (11/27).
The season is still several months away and it is imperative that students and the student-athletes continue to take precaution while complying with state regulations and standards put forth to keep the community safe. When the announcements are made on stadium guidelines, please do so while continuing to root for your beloved Monarchs. Go Monarchs!