JLNVB Welcomes Coach Bobby Wilder

The Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc. is pleased to welcome Old Dominion University Football Coach Bobby Wilder  as our guest speaker for the March General Membership Meeting.


Both on and off the field, the Coach Wilder makes sure that the Old Dominion football program is visible throughout the campus, the community and the state. He has honored over 300 speaking engagements to a variety of organizations, but his most important talks have come with high schools coaches throughout the state. Wilder has also been instrumental in getting his team active in the Hampton Roads Community. In what has become an annual event, the ODU Football Monarchs host a bone marrow registry drive and to date has helped register over 1000 members of the ODU student body, faculty/staff, and the Hampton Roads community to the registry in an attempt to help save lives from life-threatening diseases nationwide. The Monarchs have also been active volunteering with Special Olympics, hosting youth clinics, and participating at reading and career days at many of the area’s elementary and middle schools.


A 1987 graduate of Maine with a degree in physical education, Wilder captained the Black Bears to the Yankee Conference Championship his senior year. An All-New England quarterback in 1985, he left Maine as the school’s all-time leading passer with 4,493 yards, and is currently sixth behind Mike Buck, Emilio Colon, Fein, Eaton and Whitcomb on the career passing list. Wilder coached four of those former players and played with the fifth. A 1982 graduate of Madison High School in Madison, Maine, Wilder was a highly recruited quarterback his senior year. He opted to attend Maine and in his sophomore year led the Black Bears to their first of five consecutive winning seasons. Upon graduation, 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. Wilder and his wife, Pam, live in Norfolk with their sons, Derek (18) and Drew (14).

You can read a more detailed information about Coach Wilder’s career path from the Old Dominion Athletics page. We look forward to hearing from Coach Wilder about leadership and success at the GMM!