UMBC men’s basketball coach Ryan Odom on Monday was named the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com, awarded to the country’s top mid-major coach.
Odom led the Retrievers to a program-record 25 victories this season, including two of the biggest wins in school history. UMBC stunned top-seeded Vermont in the America East Conference tournament final on a last-second shot by Jairus Lyles, then became the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA men’s tournament with a 74-54 victory over Virginia last month.
Over two seasons in Catonsville, Odom is 46-24. He agreed to a new contract last week that will keep him at the school through at least next season.
Odom was selected from a group of 21 finalists for the award from the nation’s top mid-major programs in 2017-18. Past recipients include Morgan State's Todd Bozeman (2009) and then-Winthrop coach Gregg Marshall (2007).