@espnVshow @vawesleyan October 23

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Virginia Wesleyan University

Location: Norfolk VA

Virginia as a state has some of the country’s oldest colleges. One that comes to mind is William and Mary which dates back to 1693. In the Commonwealth of Virginia there are also relative young colleges including Virginia Wesleyan University which is located in Norfolk VA.

The concept for Virginia Wesleyan College began in 1959 when Methodist minister Joseph S. Johnston proposed a four-year, private college—the first of its kind in South Hampton Roads.

Joseph Johnston shown on front row 4th from left in dark suit with first class at Virginia Wesleyan in 1966.


Within two years of planning, the school had a name, a charter, and an expanding body of supporters from the United Methodist Church and the regional business community. Chartered in 1961, Virginia Wesleyan College first opened its doors to students in 1966.

From that first class of about 75 students the institution has grown to serving 1500 plus students today. Sometimes relative young colleges don’t establish landmarks but at Virginia Wesleyan that is not the case. The Frank E. Brown Campanile, known to many as the “The Bell Tower,” is an important landmarks on campus. For the record a campanile is an Italian Bell Tower.


The brother of Jimmy Valvano, Bob Valvano attended and graduated from Virginia Wesleyan University. He lettered in soccer, basketball and golf and was an outstanding goalie in soccer. He is a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame. He also coached college basketball.  He brought an International team to UNC Pembroke in the 1980’s and I got to coach against him that one time.

Today he is a sports announcer living in Louisville KY.

bob Valvano





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