ODU introduces new head football coach Ricky Rahne

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — He “checked every box” for ODU in the coaching search, now the Monarchs are just hoping Ricky Rahne can check off one more — “miracle worker.”

ODU officially introduced the 39-year-old former Penn State offensive coordinator in a press conference Wednesday, just two days after naming him as the replacement for longtime head coach Bobby Wilder,

Wilder resigned last week after 13 years with the ODU program.

Joined by his family in front of a packed crowd inside S.B. Ballard Stadium’s Priority Automotive Club, Rahne (pronounced like Ronnie) declared “no one will work harder than me.”

ODU Athletic Director Wood Selig emphasized how they needed someone with rebuilding experience to help turn around the Monarchs’ struggling program, which went 1-11 in 2019. Over the last three seasons they’ve had a 10-26 record, going 5-19 in conference play.

After a week-long search and dozens of interviews, Selig said Rahne was the clear choice. He got the call from Selig on a recruiting trip, and after accepting, said he was turning the car around so he could get to Norfolk quicker.

You can watch the full press conference below:

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