WINCHESTER, Va. - A new era in Shenandoah University Athletics begins today as the department officially joins the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
The league is run by the ODAC Presidents Group and a Board of Directors comprised of the Directors of Athletics at each of its membership insitutions.
The ODAC office is located in Forest, Virginia. Brad Bankston, as commissioner, heads up the office along with assistant commissioner/sports information JJ Nekoloff and assistant to the commissioner/director of championships Mollie Robertson.
Shenandoah is the 14th full-time member of the league, joining 12 other schools from the Commonwealth and the Guilford College Quakers from Greensboro, N.C.
The Virginia schools:
Bridgewater College Eagles, Bridgewater
Eastern Mennonite Royals, Harrisonburg
Emory & Henry Wasps, Emory & Henry
Hampden-Sydney Tigers, Hampden-Sydney*
Hollins University, Hollins*^
Lynchburg Hornets, Lynchburg
Randolph WildCats, Lynchburg
Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets, Ashland
Roanoke Maroons, Salem
Sweet Briar Vixens, Sweet Briar*
Virginia Wesleyan Marlins, Virginia Beach/Norfolk
Washington & Lee Generals, Lexington
Shenandoah's first ODAC contests as full-time members come on Friday, September 14 when women's soccer hosts Roanoke and volleyball takes on Randolph. Both matches start at 7 p.m.
The ODAC opener for the football team comes eight days later in a 1 p.m. road contest at Bridgewater.
^Hollins does not have a nickname