NORFOLK, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference's Wendy S. Larry was inducted into the Old Dominion University Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014 on Saturday.
Larry's career at Old Dominion spanned more than 30 years, as one of the first women student-athletes to receive a grant-in-aid to ODU, as a graduate and assistant coach, and as the head coach of the Lady Monarchs from 1987-2011. She became the 20th national all-time coach to win 600 career games in January 2011, and completed her tenure at ODU with a 608-234 overall record and 559-203 slate at ODU. Larry's teams reached 20 NCAA Tournaments, captured a NCAA record setting 17-straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) titles from 1992-2008, and advanced to the championship game of the NCAA tournament in 1997.
Larry was the recipient of Coach of the Year awards from three different leagues, most recently in 2010 with her eighth CAA Coach of the Year selection. She has also been recognized on the national level as well with WBCA District III, RCA, Sporting News, and in 1997 as the United States Women's Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Coach of the Year.
She first returned to her alma mater under the guidance of Women's Basketball Hall of famer Marianne Stanley for the 1979-80 season as a graduate assistant coach, before being elevated to a full-time assistant. During that span, she was part of two Old Dominion national championships, in 1980 (AIAW) and 1985 (NCAA). Nine of Larry’s former players were drafted by the WNBA, including four in 2002, joining Connecticut with the most athletes selected in the draft. She also served as President of the Women’s Basketball Association (WBCA) and as a member of the USA Basketball Collegiate Selection Committee. She is currently an Associate Commissioner at the Atlantic 10 Conference, a post she has held since 2012.