Bobby Wilder
Wilder at 2017 C-USA Media Days
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamOld Dominion
Biographical details
Born (1964-08-01) August 1, 1964 (age 56)
Playing career
Head coaching record
Tournaments2–2 (NCAA D-I playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 C-USA East Division (2016)
American Football Monthly Coach of the Year (2012)
Division I Independent Coach of the Year (2013)

Robert S. Wilder (born August 1, 1964) is the current head coach of the Old Dominion Monarchs football team. He is only the second coach all-time in the program's history and the first since football's rebirth at the school in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in 2009.

Old Dominion played football for eleven seasons when the university was a two-year institution known as the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary. Between 1930 and 1940, the team compiled a record of 42-36-4. The program was then discontinued due to a rule banning freshman players and a US$10,000 debt.[1]

Hired in 2007, Wilder spent the first two years recruiting and starting up the program. In 2009, in his first competitive season as head coach, the Monarchs finished 9–2. That was the best winning record ever for a first-year program in college football's modern era.[2] The Monarchs were outscored by a total of only eight points in their two losses.

Wilder's inaugural team finished the year ranked in the top ten in five FCS statistical categories, including second in sacks allowed, third in scoring offense, turnover margin and net punting. The 2009 Monarchs were ninth in rushing offense.[2]

ODU was fifth in FCS attendance in 2009, selling out all of their home games in the 19,782-seat Foreman Field.[3]

In his first three years, Wilder led Old Dominion to a 26–7 record. In 2011, in the Monarchs first season in the Colonial Athletic Association, they earned a berth in the 2011 FCS playoffs, hosting crosstown rival Norfolk State. Also in 2011, after playing 27 games in its "modern era", ODU received its first Top 25 ranking on October 3, coming in at No. 21 in The Sports Network poll. The Monarchs were ranked among the Top Ten after competing in 33 games. [4]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Wilder grew up in Madison, Maine and attended Madison Area Memorial High School, where he graduated in 1982. A highly recruited quarterback, Wilder opted to play his college ball close to home. Upon graduation from the University of Maine in 1987 with a degree in physical education, Wilder served as a graduate assistant coach for two seasons under Jack Bicknell at Boston College, where he earned his master's degree in educational administration in 1990. He then returned to Maine, where he was an assistant coach, assistant head coach and finally associate head coach from 1990 to 2006.[2]

He and his wife Pam have two sons, Derek and Drew. They reside in Norfolk.[2]

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN# Coaches'°
Old Dominion Monarchs (NCAA Division I FCS independent) (2009–2010)
2009 Old Dominion 9–2
2010 Old Dominion 8–3
Old Dominion Monarchs (Colonial Athletic Association) (2011–2012)
2011 Old Dominion 10–3 6–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division I Second Round 10 10
2012 Old Dominion 11–2 7–1 1st[n 1] L NCAA Division I Quarterfinal 6 6
Old Dominion Monarchs (NCAA Division I FCS independent) (2013)
2013 Old Dominion 8–4
Old Dominion Monarchs (Conference USA) (2014–present)
2014 Old Dominion 6–6 4–4 T–3rd (East)
2015 Old Dominion 5–7 3–5 T–4th (East)
2016 Old Dominion 10–3 7–1 T–1st (East) W Bahamas
2017 Old Dominion 5–7 3–5 6th (East)
2018 Old Dominion 4–8 2–6 T–6th (East)
2019 Old Dominion 1–0 0–0 (East)
Old Dominion: 77–45 32–24
Total: 77–45
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final TSN Poll.
°Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

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