Wilder: Beating Virginia Tech A "Special Moment"

Bobby Wilder guided Old Dominion to a win over Virginia Tech. The best part? He was able to share the moment with his son, Derek, who plays linebacker

Taz and the Moose
September 25, 2018 - 11:32 am

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After Old Dominion stunned Virginia Tech, 49-35, this past Saturday, Monarchs head coach Bobby Wilder shared several special moments with his players, family, and friends.

But the most meaningful moment involved his son, linebacker Derek Wilder.

“It was probably 20 minutes after the game before I finally found (him),” Wilder said on Taz & The Moose. “I just never saw him. We were both in different parts of the mosh pit, I guess, and I had a moment where I hugged him.”

Wilder, who played quarterback at Maine from 1983-86, was on staff there from 1990 to 2006. He moved Derek – and the rest of the family – to Virginia when Derek was only 10.

“Derek grew up with this program,” said Wilder, who has guided ODU to three double-digit-win seasons, most recently in 2016. “Our first-ever game in 2009, we played at home against Chowan. It’s the first time we've ever played football, and he’s running out to get the tee for the kicker. So for him to be part of this – be on this team, beat Virginia Tech, he started on all the special teams. To go from 10 years old picking up the tee to being part of history, that was a special moment for he and I to share together.”

The win was Old Diminion’s first of the season – but everyone took notice.

“(My phone) buzzed for probably five minutes,” Wilder said. “There were 400 text messages and about 10 voicemails from friends of mine like Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, James Franklin at Penn State, Jeff Brohm at Purdue. That’s when it really hit me that this was a national story that really everybody was aware of. But I wasn’t fully aware until that point how big it was.”