UMBC had one of the hottest coaching names in college basketball in Ryan Odom after the Retrievers’ stunning upset of Virginia resulted in the NCAA tournament’s first-ever win by a 16 seed.
On Monday, the program announced that Odom is not getting away any time soon. UMBC and Odom have agreed to restructure his deal to keep Odom in Baltimore. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.
“It is with great enthusiasm and pride that we announce Ryan Odom remaining as the leader of our men’s basketball program,” UMBC athletic director Tim Hall said in a statement. “Now, along with us, the nation knows how truly remarkable he is — simply said one of the best head coaches in the country! We are pleased that he will remain on Hilltop Circle and continue to build on the season’s remarkable success.”
Odom originally signed a 7-year contract in 2016 that paid him $230,000 annually, a number that has certainly increased along with the demand for the coach who orchestrated the historic upset over Virginia, a dominant win that sent shockwaves through college basketball. He was already rumored as a candidate for the East Carolina job before making national headlines.
UMBC finished 25-11 in 2017-18 and is 46-24 during Odom’s two-year tenure.
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