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Towler Family

Matt Towler

Are you an alumnus of ODU?
        Yes, Class of 1996

What is your favorite memory of ODU Athletics?
          Many favorites, but if I had to narrow it down to a few: 1995 Triple OT NCAA win vs. Villanova in Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball making it to the National Championship game in 1997; Football also has a lot of great memories, however I will always treasure as my favorite being in the stands for the first ever game. I still get goose bumps just thinking about it.

Why do you support ODU athletics and its student-athletes?
         My time as a student at ODU and my memories there are some of my fondest memories. ODU athletics has been a part of many of those memories. The athletics department does such a great job promoting and representing our University. I want to support our student-athletes as they represent ODU, creating new exciting memories for themselves and all members of Monarch Nation.

What do you like most about ODU as a whole?
The education I received at ODU has given me opportunities post-graduation that have led to a successful career. The friendships I formed while in school at ODU are some of my longest and most treasured friendships. The alumni and fans of ODU are a close knit bunch. Wherever I travel coast-to-coast, when I wear my ODU paraphernalia I end up meeting someone with a connection to the University.

What makes you most proud of ODU?
       Hard to list just one. However, I would have to say that I'm proud of how ODU never settles. The University is always looking for ways to raise its profile whether athletically or academically. To steal a quote from Coach Wilder, ODU always "Aims High."

If you could describe ODU in one word, what word would it be and why?
         I had trouble coming up with just one word, so I chose two - "No Limits." In my opinion, ODU has no limits to the level of greatness it can achieve in the classroom and on the athletic fields. It continues to be such a pleasure to watch my alma mater grow in ability and prestige!

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
          The greatest thing ODU has given me is outside of academics and sports. If it weren't for ODU and the friendshps I made there, I would have never met the love of my life. My wife was introduced to me by the wife of a dear friend and fellow ODU alum. We have three wonderful kids, Crista, Victoria, and Vanessa.