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Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh

Are you an alumnus of ODU?
        Yes, Class of 2006.

What is your favorite memory of ODU Athletics?
          There were so many great memories I had watching ODU sports. Some good and some bad. However, my favorite memory was the 2005 CAA Championship game against the VCU Rams at the Richmond Coliseum. That is always the team I think about first when I think ODU Basketball. You had the "Ausi" Alex Loughton, Valdus Vasylius, Drew Williamson, Arnaud Dahi, Isaiah Hunter and so many other role players. My brothers from Lambda Chi Alpha and I sat front row every game that year and made the trip to Richmond to watch our boys take VCWho to OT and cut down the nets. The most memorable part of that game was the pass from Loughton to Hunter down court for the dunk and one. The place was electric. It was unforgettable.

Why do you support ODU athletics and its student-athletes?
         We are the new generation of sports fans at Old Dominion. We have had the privilege of watching championship programs at ODU play on national television and compete for national titles. We have had the privilege of watching ODU athletes at a collegiate level and to go on and play professionally. These athletes have given me and countless ODU fans unforgettable moments. They somehow become your family. We are all connected. Like I mentioned earlier, it is a privilege to watch these great programs and you can't take it for granted. That is why I donate.

What do you like most about ODU as a whole?
      
I like the way ODU has gone about expanding our campus. They do not cut any corners and everything feels first class. Every project they take on is done right the first time.

What makes you most proud of ODU?
       They set the standard when it comes to athletic academics and conduct. If you do not follow the schools code of conduct, you are out. You see too many schools these days taking shortcuts to have the best athletic programs in the nation, and look where it gets them. We have proven that we can succeed on and off the field without cutting corners. That makes me proud.

If you could describe ODU in one word, what word would it be and why?
         Memorable. I have made so many incredible memories with family and friends through ODU sports and we keep coming back for that reason.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
          I was formally known as Jean Vest Guy back in the early to mid 2000's. You would have had to of followed ODU men's basketball to know. I still wish me and my crew could find our way to the front row of the student section and give some lessons on how it is done. The jean vest jacket is still safe to this day at an undisclosed location. Finally, my wife Kendal (Class of '07) and I had an ODU themed wedding in 2013. I was lucky enough to marry a fellow diehard ODU fan. Go Monarchs!