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Maryland men's basketball director of operations Omidvar becomes South Alabama assistant

Teams from Maryland and Purdue after the 2015 managers' game in West Lafayette, Ind. Maryland director of basketball operations Nima Omidvar has his arms folded in a gray shirt with red lettering to the right of Juan Dixon.
Teams from Maryland and Purdue after the 2015 managers' game in West Lafayette, Ind. Maryland director of basketball operations Nima Omidvar has his arms folded in a gray shirt with red lettering to the right of Juan Dixon. (Don Markus / Baltimore Sun)

Nima Omidvar, the director of operations for the Maryland men's basketball team the past four years, is leaving College Park for his first full-time coaching job as an assistant at South Alabama.

Omidvar confirmed a report Sunday on the InsideMDSports.com website but declined to comment "until it's official." Omidvar has yet to sign his contract with the Jaguars.

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Maryland sophomore guard Kevin Huerter will declare for the NBA draft without signing with an agent, which will allow him to return to school.

A Maryland graduate, Omidvar, 32, will be able to use the energy he gave to organizing on-campus recruiting visits in a role that will allow him to recruit off-campus.

Omidvar was also in charge of the team's social media presence and coordinated the schedule with Maryland coach Mark Turgeon. Omidvar is expected to be replaced by video coordinator Mark Bialkoski, sources said.

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Omidvar will join the staff of new Jaguars coach Richie Riley, who was hired after two years at Nicholls State. South Alabama is also a possible landing spot for guard Dion Wiley, who has announced that he will transfer after graduating next month.

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