Former Black Bear Wilder Off to Bahamas Bowl

Former Maine quarterback and offensive coordinator Bobby Wilder is in his eighth season as the head coach at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Wilder’s Monarchs have been on the fast track, moving from FCS independent to CAA power, on to Conference-USA, and now set for their first bowl game on December 23 against Eastern Michigan in the Bahamas Bowl.

Wilder joined Downtown with Rich Kimball on Friday and talked about building the ODU football program, his roots in Maine, and his close-knit group of coaches, many of whom played and coached in Orono. Listen to the entire conversation here:

Downtown Audio: Old Dominion Coach Bobby Wilder

Rich Kimball

About Rich Kimball

I’ve been a broadcaster in the area for more than four decades, starting at WABI/WBGW Radio and WABI-TV while still in high school. Through the years I’ve done news, sports, and even weather on various TV stations and worked at more radio stations than I can recall. For the last twenty years I’ve been the radio voice of University of Maine football and for the past five years I’ve hosted Downtown, a talk show focusing on sports and entertainment. I’ve been lucky enough to win a number of awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Associated Press but I’m especially proud to have been named Maine Sportscaster of the Year by my peers a record six times. My day job is teaching social studies at Brewer High School, where I’ve also been the drama director for over twenty years, and I’m one of the co-founders of the improvisational comedy team, The Focus Group.