Ryan Odom

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Ryan Odom
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceAmerica East
Biographical details
Born (1974-07-11) July 11, 1974 (age 45)
Durham, North Carolina
Playing career
Position(s)Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–1997South Florida (GA)
1997–1999Furman (assistant)
1999–2000UNC Asheville (assistant)
2000–2003American (assistant)
2003–2010Virginia Tech (assistant)
2010–2015Charlotte (assistant / associate HC)
2015Charlotte (interim HC)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
America East Tournament (2018)
Hugh Durham Award (2018)

Ryan Odom (born July 11, 1974) is an American men's college basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the UMBC Retrievers men's basketball team.[1] He was previously the head coach of the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears. Odom served as the interim head coach of the Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team from January 6 until March 15, 2015. In this capacity, he replaced Alan Major when Major went on a medical leave of absence to deal with chronic health issues.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Odom was a four-year starter at Hampden-Sydney under Tony Shaver, serving as team captain his senior year. He left the Tigers ranking the school's all-time leader in three-point field goals, and fourth in assists.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Odom began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at South Florida. He also had stops as an assistant coach with Furman, UNC Asheville, and American, before spending seven years on Seth Greenberg's staff at Virginia Tech. In 2010, he joined the coaching staff of Charlotte, serving as an assistant for five years, including being interim head coach.

Odom was relieved of his coaching duties on March 16, 2015 when Major and the university mutually agreed to part ways, and his staff was not retained. Odom compiled an overall record of 8–11 as Charlotte's interim coach.[4]

After Charlotte, Odom accepted the job at Lenoir-Rhyne, leading the Bears to the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II tournament in his only season at the helm, before accepting the head coaching position at Division I UMBC, replacing Aki Thomas.

In his first season at the helm of the Retrievers, Odom orchestrated a 14-win improvement over the team's 7–25 season the previous year to a 21–13 overall record, and fifth-place finish in the America East Conference. The 21 wins are second-most in school history. For its efforts, UMBC accepted a bid to the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, where it won its first round matchup against Fairfield for the first postseason win in program history. From there the Retrievers defeated St. Francis (PA) in the second round and advanced past Liberty in the CIT quarterfinals before falling to Texas A&M–Corpus Christi in the semifinals.

The 2017–18 regular season saw the Retrievers finish in second place in the America East, with a 12–4 record, and earning the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament when it knocked off Vermont 65–62 in the 2018 America East Men's Basketball Tournament final, earning its second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. [5] During the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the Retrievers became the first #16 seed ever to defeat a #1 seed in the first round with a 74–54 victory over Virginia.[6] After the historic win, the Retrievers would lose in the second round to Kansas State, 50–43.[7]


Odom is the son of former East Carolina, Wake Forest, and South Carolina head coach Dave Odom.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Charlotte 49ers (Conference USA) (2015)
2014–15* Charlotte* 8–11* 7–11* 11th*
Charlotte: 8–11 (.421) 7–11 (.389)
Lenoir–Rhyne Bears (South Atlantic Conference) (2015–2016)
2015–16 Lenoir–Rhyne 21–10 14–8 4th NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
Lenoir–Rhyne: 21–10 (.677) 14–8 (.636)
UMBC Retrievers (America East Conference) (2016–present)
2016–17 UMBC 21–13 9–7 5th CIT Semifinal
2017–18 UMBC 25–11 12–4 2nd NCAA Division I Second Round
2018–19 UMBC 21–12 11–5 3rd
UMBC: 67–36 (.650) 32–16 (.667)
Total: 89–54 (.622)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

*Charlotte head coach Alan Major took an indefinite leave of absence due to medical reasons on January 6, 2015. Charlotte's record at the time was 6–7 (0–1 C-USA).


  1. ^ "UMBC Names Ryan Odom as New Head Coach for Men's Basketball". 30 March 2016.
  2. ^ Scott, David (6 January 2015). "Charlotte 49ers coach Alan Major taking indefinite medical leave of absence". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  3. ^ pwoody@timesdispatch.com, Paul Woody. "Ryan Odom knows not just anyone can whistle like Tony Shaver".
  4. ^ [1] C49ers and Alan Major Mutually Agree to Part Ways
  5. ^ "UMBC stuns UVM basketball with buzzer-beater for America East championship".
  6. ^ https://www.apnews.com/ee4f122271374fa7b5e42bf893e80dc4
  7. ^ "Underdog UMBC falls to Kansas State 50-43".