Utah State hires UMBC's Ryan Odom As Next Coach

Utah State hires UMBC's Ryan Odom As Next Coach

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Utah State hires UMBC's Ryan Odom As Next Coach


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A hire was made by AD John Hartwell

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Ryan Odom is headed to Logan

Utah State lost Craig Smith only two weeks ago — now made a decision to hire UMBC head coach Ryan Odom.

Coach Odom went 97-60 in five seasons coaching the Retrievers and made history becoming the first 16 seed to defeat a one seed. We saw that occur back in 2017-18, in an absolutely stunning win widely regarded as the top upset in modern sports history.

Success awaited in the future for UMBC, hauling in another 20 win season and won the 2020-21 regular season title with a 14-6 record in the America East.

“We are beyond excited to announce Ryan Odom as Utah State’s new men’s basketball head coach,” Hartwell said in a press release. “We had great interest from many qualified candidates, and Ryan quickly distinguished himself as the clear choice. Ryan has a proven track record of accomplishments with his student-athletes, both in the classroom and on the court, and we are confident he will continue to elevate the success of our Aggie basketball program.”

Odom’s been able to find talent to come to the America East, finding talent from outside the United States – such as K.J. Maura, R.J. Eytle Rock, Daniel Akin,  while also finding transfer, an integral part of building roster these days – most notably Jarius Lyles.

Odom’s shown the ability to find talent, and is a great on-court coach, now a tall task awaits to build a roster at Utah State, losing Neemias Queta, Alphonso Anderson, while awaiting trying to re-recruit players that haven’t decided to transfer off yet.

A tall task is in store for Ryan Odom, trying to bring Utah State back to where Craig Smith brought the Aggies, but if anyone is capable – it looks to be Ryan Odom.



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