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Monarch Greats Anthony, Webb and Metheny to Be Inducted into Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame

Three ODU Sports Hall of Famers will be inducted into the 2013 Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame this fall. Former Monarch men's basketball coach Paul Webb, second all-time scorer Leo Anthony (ODU '61) and former baseball coach Bud Metheny will join longtime Maury High School basketball coach Jack Baker (ODU '73), sportscaster Marty Brennaman, and James and LaVerne Sweat for induction on Oct. 22 at Scope.

Anthony, who held 11 of ODU's 13 cage records when he graduated in 1961, was the first basketball All-American to play for the university.

The 6-foot guard finished his ODU basketball career in February 1961 by scoring 60 points against Lynchburg College and becoming the third-highest scorer in the history of the state of Virginia. In addition to receiving Little All-America honors, Anthony was named to the All-Virginia team four times and voted Player of the Year in the state twice.

In the 1979-80 season, Anthony's single career scoring mark of 2,181 points was broken by Ronnie Valentine. Anthony still owns the highest scoring average in a season at 31.0 and the highest career average at 26.6. He had 29 30-point games during his career, from 1957-61. He averaged 24.1 points as a freshman, 25.3 as a sophomore and 26.3 as a junior. He scored 35 or more points in a game 12 times.

With Anthony setting the pace, the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary Braves (as Old Dominion was known during his playing days) achieved a four-year record of 55-27.

In addition to starring in basketball, Anthony started at shortstop for four years in baseball.

After graduating from Old Dominion, Anthony began teaching and coaching in the Hampton Roads area at Granby, Norfolk Academy, Maury, Princess Anne and First Colonial. His Princess Anne High School squad won eight District titles and he won another two at First Colonial.

Anthony is one of a handful of high school coaches who have won more than 400 games in basketball and golf. He completed his high school basketball coaching with 411 victories. He was a member of the first ODU Sports Hall of Fame induction class in 1980.

Metheny served Old Dominion for 32 years, joining the athletic staff in 1948 as head baseball and basketball coach, and later as athletic director. His first love was baseball, a sport he devoted all of those 32 years toward, rolling up a 423-363-6 record. He was honored by the NCAA as the Eastern Regional Coach of the Year in 1963 and 1964, when his Monarchs captured those College Division crowns. Metheny was named National Coach of the Year in 1964.

He served as head basketball coach from 1948 to 1965, compiling a 198-163 record and posting 16 winning seasons. The 198 wins are the most among men's basketball coaches at ODU. He served as the university's athletic director from 1963 to 1970.

Metheny came to ODU after a career with the New York Yankees organization from 1938 to 1947. He started for the Yankees in the second and last games of the 1943 World Series, as the Yankees defeated the St. Louis Cardinals.

Metheny was enshrined in the College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1983, and is a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the William & Mary Hall of Fame and the Tidewater Baseball Hall of Fame. The 1940 William & Mary graduate (he earned an M.Ed. from W&M in 1952) launched his managerial career in 1948, piloting the Boston Red Sox Class "D" team in Baxley, Ga. He spent the next two years in the Piedmont League (Class "B") playing outfield for the Portsmouth team in 1949-50 and managing the Newport News team in 1950. Despite those commitments, Metheny still found time to begin his 32-year ODU career in the spring of 1948. He was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.

Webb is the winningest basketball coach in Virginia Collegiate history. In 29 years as a college coach, Webb compiled a 511-257 career record (.677) and in his 10 years at ODU, his teams rolled up a 196-99 record (.670). He was the nation's sixth winningest coach when he retired in 1985.

On Jan. 10, 1985, Webb reached another milestone in his illustrious coaching career when he recorded his 500th career collegiate victory in a game against UNC Charlotte at Norfolk Scope.

In his 10 seasons as Monarch head coach, Webb's teams advanced to postseason play nine times - four NCAA and five NIT tournament appearances. His first ODU edition, in 1975-76, advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four. In all, Webb's teams had nine winning seasons, including school-record winning seasons of 25-4 in 1976-77 (ODU's first Division I season) and 25-5 in 1979-80, which was ODU's first NCAA Division I tournament appearance. ODU defeated Georgetown, 80-58, for the ECAC South championship. ODU won a then state record 22 straight games and Webb was named ECAC Upstate-Southern Division Coach of the Year.

In 1978-79, the Monarchs advanced to the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals and compiled a 23-7 record. That season, ODU went to Clemson and beat the Tigers in double overtime.

In 1980, the Monarchs continued their "giant killing" ways with a 76-74 overtime victory against the Soviet Union National team and later that season, ODU defeated a nationally ranked Syracuse team at Scope, 68-67. On Jan. 10, 1981, Webb's Monarchs stunned the basketball world, No. 1-ranked DePaul its first loss in the Horizon, 63-62.

In all, Webb's teams won three ECAC-South conference titles and advanced to two Sun Belt Conference championship games. ODU was 177-87 in nine years at the Division I level. Five of his players earned All-America honors and two were Academic All-Americans.

Prior to coming to ODU, Webb compiled a 315-158 record at Randolph-Macon College. He is 1951 graduate of the College of William & Mary. He was inducted into his alma mater's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982. Webb served as ODU's assistant athletic director for fundraising for four years.

He was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. He is also an inductee of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Longtime Maury High School basketball coach Jack Baker is the winningest active high school coach in Virginia, with 649 victories. At ODU, Baker played both basketball and baseball and was the team co-captain on the 1973 basketball squad.

Sportscaster Marty Brennaman has been the voice of the Cincinnati Reds since 1974 and was awarded the Ford C. Frick Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. He also broadcast Norfolk Tides and ODU basketball games.

The husband and wife duo of James (women's basketball) and LaVerne Sweat (track and field) coached at both Hampton University and Norfolk State University.

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