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Greetings from ODAC country

Bridgewater looks at home in its 'new' home.
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Head east on I-64 and, if you time it just right, you will approach a gorgeous sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Welcome, you’re in ODAC country.

My Around the Mid-Atlantic predecessor, the estimable Ryan Tipps, lives in the heart of the region and can easily attend his share of ODAC or USA South contests during the season. Me, I live in Cincinnati, a good six hours (or a personal-best of 5:19) from the nearest ODAC institution, which just so happens to be my alma mater. I wish I could see more of the teams I cover in action, but haven’t had the chance since Washington and Lee played at Thomas More in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.

A recent road trip presented an opportunity to visit some ODAC institutions in the middle of the week. I visited with three conference coaches to talk not X’s and O’s, but facilities and surroundings. Division III is full of unique college towns, and the ODAC is no exception. Guilford is in a decent-sized city, but shares the Division III footprint with its neighbor, Greensboro. Catholic is in the biggest ODAC city, but is not a top draw for Washington, D.C. sports fans. Hampden-Sydney has arguably the best game-day atmosphere and tradition, but Farmville is not in the most accessible location. Randolph-Macon is close enough to be a suburb of the state capital, but Richmond is also home to a Division I program that won the 2008 FCS national championship. Emory and Henry is in a unique location, where the area’s biggest sporting event takes place at the speedway just across the Tennessee border.  

I didn’t make it to any of those schools this trip, but I’ve been to each one before. I hope to some day return to each of these stadiums, especially to see the recent renovations at Hampden-Sydney, Randolph-Macon, and Emory and Henry.

My trip took me up I-81. I woke up in Lexington, Virginia, a historic college town of roughly 7,000 citizens. I met an old professor, mentor, and friend for coffee at Lexington Coffee. I toured Wilson Field, renovated in 2008. The Generals built a new press box, new seating, a new FieldTurf, and a new video scoreboard. They also added visitor seating for the first time. The addition of lights to the new Wilson Field gave the Generals a new opportunity for night games. The football team now shares the field with W&L’s lacrosse team. I spoke to head coach Scott Abell about his favorite things to do in Lexington and what makes this town special.<...

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Adam Turer

Adam Turer graduated in 2006 from Washington and Lee University, where he was a two-year starter at free safety. He lives in Cincinnati and covers area high school sports in addition to his full-time job as an attorney. Adam has contributed to D3football.com since 2007 and is in his second year as Around the Mid-Atlantic columnist.

2007-2011 columnist: Ryan Tipps
2003-2006: Pat Cummings
2000: Keith McMillan
1999: Pat Coleman 

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