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Mike O'Toole

Mike O'Toole

Are you an alumnus of ODU?
          I received a Bachelor of Science (Criminal Justice) in 1985 and Master of Arts (Applied Sociology) in 1999.

What is your favorite memory of ODU Athletics?
             My favorite memory was ODU winning the "CAA" Football Championship in 2012 against JMU in Harrisonburg. It was great to see the players, coaches and fans celebrating in Harrisonburg after the great win especially after the CAA made ODU ineligible for the official title for moving to Conference USA. My second favorite was beating VCU at the CAA Championship in Richmond in 2005.

Why do you support ODU athletics and its student-athletes?
           Old Dominion athletics is family for me. I have had a relationship with the athletic program since 1981 and have enjoyed providing my support due to the commitment to excellence by our coaching staff and the professionalism displayed by our student athletes.

What do you like most about ODU as a whole?
Old Dominion's Administration does not accept status quo. The construction projects for new buildings on campus and new athletic facilities are top notch.

What makes you most proud of ODU?
        I am most proud that Old Dominion University provides future leaders. Whether it be in the board room or on the playing field, ODU students and alumni are making an impact in our communitiy and across the United States.

If you could describe ODU in one word, what word would it be and why?
           Perserverance. Perserverance presupposes confidence and few universities can match ODU for its sense of confidence and determination. Old Dominion administration started a football program amid uncertainty about the financial impact and athletic competition success on the field. Old Dominion administrators, coaches and ODUAF perserverance allowed the football program to become the most successful start-up program ever and have the confidence to move to the FBS.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
            In July, I will have worked at the Norfolk Sheriff's Office for twenty nine years as the Director of Community Corrections and have been an adjunct professor at ODU in the Criminal Justice Department for the last 10 years. I am a proud alumni of this university.