Women's Soccer Head Coach Named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team
Sam Okpodu recognized for accomplishments as a player.
August 15, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - When the Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 50th Anniversary Team, it came as no surprise that current Virginia Tech women's soccer head coach Sam Okpodu was included on the prestigious list.

While a member of the men's soccer team at North Carolina State, Okpodu earned first team All-America honors three times (1982-84) and All-ACC distinction three years. He led the Wolfpack in scoring all four seasons and still holds two ACC all-time records with 78 career goals and. And 191 career points.

During the 1982 season, Okpodu burst onto the ACC soccer scene with a 72-point season scoring 29 goals and assisting on 20 goals. His 72-point effort not only earned Okpodu the 1982 ACC MVP award, but still stands in the NCAA record book as one of the top-10 single season performances of all-time.

Okpodu finished his career at the Raleigh, N.C., based university with 191 career points, a mark that stands atop the ACC record books to this day. The Wolfpack thrived not just in the ACC, but on a national level as well as they advanced to the NCAA Championship Tournament three times.

The 55-member team was voted on by the seven league institutions that sponsor the sport as decided by the league's 50th Anniversary Committee.