Two weeks following the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history, the UMBC Retrievers still have their head coach Ryan Odom.
Being the leader of the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed in college basketball history means that you will have your options as a head coach. Teams reportedly have come knocking, as the next level will likely be on the horizon for the 43-year-old. For now though, Odom chooses to stay with his current team.
On Monday, UMBC announced an agreement in principle to keep the guidance of the program in the hands of Odom. Currently, he just finished his second-year of a seven-year contract that he signed in 2016. This past season, not only did he lead the Retrievers to their monumental upset, but he guided the school to a conference title, a program-record in wins (25), and their second NCAA Tournament berth ever.
Full terms of the deal have not been released, but it is expected that he will be getting a dramatic yearly increase from his $230,000 base salary.
Retaining Odom appears to have been a tall task for the America-East program. Often coaches quickly take their immediate tournament success to jump to higher programs. This included Andy Enfield (Florida Gulf Coast to USC), John Crose (Ohio to Illinois), Billy Kennedy (Murray State to Texas A&M), and Kevin Keatts (UNC-Wilmington to NC State). But Odom will not join that list this season.
When Odom took over at UMBC in 2016 he inherited a 7-25 team that had not had a winning season since 2008. Prior to coaching in Baltimore County, he was an interim coach at UNC-Charlotte.
Clearly, he is capable of a complete rebuild in a short amount of time.
Teams that were reportedly targeting him include Middle Tennessee State and East Carolina.
Now his team and his name will forever be etched in the annals of college basketball.
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