BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) men’s basketball program will be looking for a new coach this offseason. Reports on Monday surfaced that indicated head coach Ryan Odom has agreed to a deal to take over the program at Utah State.
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Utah State’s official men’s basketball account then confirmed the news, announcing Odom’s hire and welcoming him to the Aggies program.
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The 46-year-old Odom leaves a lasting legacy at UMBC after he led the Retrievers to the first, and still only, upset of a one seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as a 16-seed when his team shocked Virginia in the 2018 tournament. Over five seasons at UMBC, the Retrievers went 97-60 under his guidance including their second America East Conference tournament title. This past season, he guided them to a 14-6 record and the top spot in the tournament but dropped a close 79-77 loss to UMass-Lowell in the tournament semifinals.MORE NEWS: No Victim Found After Crews Search Lake Roland For Man
He now takes over a Utah State program that finished third in the Mountain West Conference this season and earned an NCAA Tournament berth as an 11-seed before falling in the first round to Texas Tech. Odom replaces Craig Smith who took over the Utah men’s basketball program last week.