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List of famous alumni from Old Dominion University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Old Dominion University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Old Dominion University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Old Dominion University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Old Dominion University.

This list includes Justin Verlander, Bruce Sutter and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Old Dominion University?” and “Which celebrities are Old Dominion University alumni?”

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Alex Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Alex Sánchez Novelist, Author, Writer Alex Sánchez is a Mexican-American author of award-winning novels for teens and adults. His first novel, Rainbow Boys, was selected by the American Library Association, as a Best Book for ...more

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Michael J. Bloomfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Michael J. Bloomfield Astronaut, Athlete, Test pilot Michael John "Bloomer" Bloomfield is an American former astronaut and a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions.

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Magnum T.A. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Magnum T.A. Wrestler, Actor Terry Wayne Allen is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Magnum T.A..

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Jodi Rell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Jodi Rell Politician, Official, Legislator Mary Jodi Rell is an American former Republican politician and the 87th Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut from 2004 until 2011. Rell also served as the state's 85th Lieutenant Governor, ...more

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Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Justin Verlander Baseball player Justin Brooks Verlander is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. In 2006, Verlander was named the American League Rookie of the Year. On June ...more

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Richard C. McCarty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Richard C. McCarty Psychologist Richard C. McCarty is a professor of psychology and the former provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to serving as provost, he ...more

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Thelma Drake is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Thelma Drake Politician Thelma D. Drake is an American politician and former member of Congress of the Republican party from the state of Virginia. She was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in ...more

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Oliver Purnell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Oliver Purnell Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Coach Oliver Purnell is an American college basketball coach. He was most recently the head coach at DePaul University. Purnell previously served as the head coach for Clemson University, the ...more

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Kenneth Cooper Alexander is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Kenneth Cooper Alexander Funeral director, Teacher Kenneth Cooper "Kenny" Alexander is an American politician of the Democratic Party. From 2002 - 2012, he was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 89th District ...more

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George Thomas Coker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
George Thomas Coker George Thomas Coker is a retired US Navy Commander, honored with the Navy Cross for his leadership as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, and a Distinguished Eagle Scout noted for his ...more

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Tzipora Obziler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Tzipora Obziler Tennis player Tzipora "Tzipi" Obziler is a former Israeli professional right-handed tennis player. She reached her career-high singles world ranking of #75 in on July 8, 2007, and doubles ranking of ...more

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Winsome Sears is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Winsome Sears Politician Winsome Earle Sears is an American politician. She was a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates 2002–2003, and ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives ...more

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Tom DiCillo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Tom DiCillo Television director, Musician, Screenwriter Thomas A. "Tom" DiCillo is an American film director, screenwriter and cinematographer.

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Benjamin S. Griffin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Benjamin S. Griffin Benjamin S. Griffin, was a four-star general in the United States Army. He served as the Commanding General, United States Army Materiel Command from November 5, 2004 to November 13, 2008. Prior ...more

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Kenny Gattison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Kenny Gattison Basketball player Kenneth Clay Gattison is an American former professional basketball player and current NBA assistant coach.

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Ben Bailey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Ben Bailey Comedian, Television producer, Game Show Host Benjamin Ray "Ben" Bailey is an American comedian, licensed taxi cab driver, and Emmy Award winning former game show host and executive producer for Discovery Channel's Cash Cab in New

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Meyera E. Oberndorf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Meyera E. Oberndorf Politician Meyera E. Oberndorf was the 23rd mayor of Virginia Beach, Virginia. She was Virginia Beach's longest serving mayor, and she previously served as the city's vice mayor. She was the city's first ...more

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Brandon Vera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Brandon Vera Brandon Michael Vera is a Filipino-American mixed martial artist currently signed with ONE FC. A professional competitor since 2002, he has formerly competed for the UFC and the WEC. Vera is the ...more

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Kenneth R. Plum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Kenneth R. Plum Educator, Teacher Kenneth Ray "Ken" Plum is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 36th District since 1982. He earlier served from 1978 through 1980. His district ...more

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Harry Purkey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Harry Purkey Stock broker Harry R. "Bob" Purkey is an American politician. Since 1986 he has been a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 82nd district in Virginia Beach. Purkey ...more

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Jim McGovern is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Jim McGovern Golfer James David McGovern is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour. McGovern was born in Teaneck, New Jersey. He grew up in Oradell, New Jersey in a ...more

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LaShawn Merritt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
LaShawn Merritt Track and field athlete LaShawn Merritt is an American track and field athlete who competes in sprinting events, specializing in the 400 meters. He is a former Olympic champion over the distance and his personal best ...more

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Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Bruce Sutter Baseball player Howard Bruce Sutter is a former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher. He was arguably the first pitcher to make effective use of the split-finger fastball. One of the sport's ...more

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Ashton Lewis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Ashton Lewis, Jr. Race car driver Ashton Lewis Jr. is a former NASCAR Busch Series driver. He was educated at the Sears Point Raceway road racing school as well as obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion ...more

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Joe Daley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Joe Daley Golfer Joe Daley is an American professional golfer formerly of the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour. He now plays on the Champions Tour. On 1 July 2012, Daley won the Senior Players Championship for his ...more

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Cal Bowdler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Cal Bowdler Basketball player James Calloway "Cal" Bowdler II is a retired Irish / American professional basketball player. A 6 ft 10 in, 245 lb power forward from Old Dominion University, Bowdler was selected by ...more

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Chris Gatling is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Chris Gatling Basketball player Chris Raymond Gatling is a retired American professional basketball player born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Gatling played for many NBA teams from 1991 to 2002. He played for the US national team ...more

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Terrie Suit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Terrie Suit Lobbyist Terrie L. Suit is an American politician. A Republican, she was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates 2000–2008. In April 2011, she became the state's first Secretary of Veterans Affairs ...more

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Dan Hudson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Dan Hudson Baseball player Daniel Claiborne Hudson is an American professional baseball starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the Chicago White Sox. Hudson stands ...more

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Thomas C. Wright is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Thomas C. Wright Grocer Thomas C. "Tommy" Wright, Jr. is an American politician. Since 2001 he has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 61st district in the Southside Virginia counties ...more

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Roslyn Tyler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Roslyn Tyler Roslyn C. "Roz" Tyler is an American politician of the Democratic Party. Since 2006 she has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. She currently represents the 75th district ...more

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Bootie Barker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Bootie Barker Actor Robert "Bootie" Barker III is a crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car racing series. Barker is the crew chief for the No. 13 Germain Racing GEICO Chevrolet SS driven by ...more

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Dan Peek is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Dan Peek Daniel Milton "Dan" Peek was a musician best known as a member of the folk rock band America from 1970 to 1977, together with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell. He was also a ...more

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Alex Loughton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Alex Loughton Alex Michael Loughton is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cairns Taipans of the National Basketball League.

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Anna Tunnicliffe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Anna Tunnicliffe Athlete Anna Tunnicliffe is an American sailor and world-class competitor in the women's single-handed. As a member of the 2008 US Olympic team she won a gold medal in the Women's Laser Radial class. In ...more

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Mark West is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Mark West Basketball player Mark Andre West is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6'10" center from Old Dominion University, West was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1983 ...more

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Brian Cvilikas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Brian Cvilikas Brian Cvilikas is a former American soccer player.

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T. J. Jordan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
T. J. Jordan Basketball player Taurean Yves Jordan is a women's basketball player who played collegiately for Old Dominion University. She holds several ODU scoring records, and was regarded as one of the best players in the ...more

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Yomby William is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Yomby William Richard Lowe Yomby William is a Cameroonian footballer who currently plays for Richmond Kickers in the USL Professional Division.

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Dave Twardzik is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Dave Twardzik David John Twardzik is an American former professional basketball player. He was a point guard in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. He is best ...more

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Jack T. Kirby is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Jack T. Kirby Historian, Author Jack Temple Kirby was an American historian who wrote about the Southern United States and the persistent stereotyping of Southerners. He was awarded the Bancroft Prize for his 2006 book ...more

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Michael C. May is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Michael C. May Michael C. May was appointed to the position of senior vice president of Multifamily Sourcing at Freddie Mac in 2005. In that position, May is responsible for customer relations, product ...more

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Hamchétou Maïga is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Hamchétou Maïga Hamchétou Maïga-Ba is a Malian professional women's basketball player most recently with the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. She is also a member of the Mali women's national basketball

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Valdas Vasylius is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Valdas Vasylius Valdas Vasylius is a Lithuanian basketball player who plays for Neptūnas Klaipėda of the Lithuanian League. He played collegiately at Old Dominion University. He also represented the Lithuanian ...more

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Carlos Mendes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Carlos Mendes Soccer Player Carlos Mendes is an American soccer player who plays for New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League. He holds American and Portuguese nationality, due to lineage.

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Nancy Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Nancy Lieberman Basketball player, Coach Nancy Elizabeth Lieberman, nicknamed "Lady Magic", is a former professional basketball player who played and coached in the WNBA. Lieberman is regarded as one of the greatest figures ...more

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John Cosgrove is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
John Cosgrove Electronic Engineer John A. Cosgrove is an American politician. On August 16, 2013, he was sworn in as a member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 14th district, after winning an August 6 special election ...more

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Clarisse Machanguana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Clarisse Machanguana Clarisse Machanguana is a professional women's basketball player from Mozambique. She has played internationally in both the United States and in Spain. She also represented Mozambique at the ...more

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Ticha Penicheiro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Ticha Penicheiro Patrícia Nunes "Ticha" Penicheiro, OIH, is a sports agent and retired Portuguese basketball player. She played for the Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA for most of her career.

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Anne Donovan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Anne Donovan Coach Anne Donovan is an American retired basketball player who now coaches women's basketball. She is currently the head coach of the Connecticut Sun. In her playing career, Donovan won a national ...more