Ryan Odom Completes Men's Basketball Coaching Staff

Ryan Odom Completes Men's Basketball Coaching Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC Head Men's Basketball Coach Ryan Odom has completed his coaching staff as the Retrievers are in the latter stages of spring semester work-outs.


Nate Dixon, Eric Skeeters and Bryce Crawford will serve as assistant coaches, while Griff Aldrich has been tabbed director of basketball operations.


"I'm excited to announce the addition of four excellent coaches to our staff at UMBC," said Odom. "These men share in my vision and the universities' vision for our student-athletes and the men's basketball program. I feel very fortunate to have high quality people like Nate, Eric, Bryce and Griff join me at UMBC.


Nate Dixon rejoins Ryan Odom's staff after serving as the new Retriever bench boss' associate head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne in 2015-16.  He previously worked alongside Coach Odom at Charlotte.


Prior to his stint in Hickory, N.C., Dixon spent the previous four years with the 49'ers, where he served the team's Technology and Scouting Assistant. He served for one year as an assistant men's basketball coach at Wyoming (2010-11).


In all, Dixon has been a part of six conference championship teams - regular season and postseason combined - and helped lead four teams to the NCAA Tournament (two at Division I and two at Division II). Dixon has also been rated as one of the top mid-major assistants by both Basketball Times and HoopScoop Online.


Before Wyoming, Dixon coached at several other NCAA Division I schools, including Louisiana-Lafayette (2009-10), New Orleans (2007-09), Louisiana-Monroe (2005-07), Florida (2003-05) and Stetson (2001-03).


Dixon, who also served on the National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) Board of Directors from 1998 to 2001, graduated from UNC Wilmington in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in communications.


The native of Sparta, N.C. played one year at LaGrange (Ga.) and two seasons at Gardner-Webb in addition to three summers with the Jersey Shore Pro-Am.


Dixon and his wife, the former Kristin Fabrizio, have two sons, Walker and Hunter.


Eric Skeeters grew up just a few miles from the UMBC campus. 


A standout point guard in basketball and a midfielder in lacrosse at Woodlawn High, Skeeters earned all-county honors in lacrosse during his playing days. He competed in both basketball and lacrosse throughout his athletic career that began as a youngster at St. Mark's School in the Catonsville Midget League. A knee injury suffered at CCBC-Catonsville eventually ended his collegiate playing career.


A 1986 graduate of Woodlawn High School in Baltimore, Skeeters got his start in coaching as the junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at Baltimore's St. Frances Academy from 1992-96 under coach William Wells.  Skeeters also coached two prominent AAU teams in the Washington/Baltimore area, the DC Assault from 1995-96 and the Baltimore's Best/Baltimore Select squads from 1992-94.


Most recently, the veteran mentor served for two seasons as assistant men's basketball coach at George Mason. He joined the Patriots' staff following four seasons at the University of South Florida. A member of the Bulls' staff from 2009-13, Skeeters helped lead the BIG EAST squad to its first NCAA Tournament bid in 20 years.


Prior to his arrival in Tampa, Skeeters was a member of the staff at Towson University for six seasons, and also served as an assistant at Virginia Tech, Youngstown State, along with his alma mater, Coppin State. Skeeters has worked with a number of NBA and international professional players, including the San Antonio Spurs' Gary Neal and a close relationship with the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony.


Skeeters was awarded a bachelor's in management science from Coppin State in 1997. He earned an associate's degree in 1991 from CCBC-Catonsville (formerly known as Catonsville Community College), where he played lacrosse and basketball for two seasons, leading his region in assists in 1990.


Eric and his wife, Marie, have two sons, Evan and Miles.


Along with Nate Dixon, Bryce Crawford joins Ryan Odom after they worked together last season at Lenior-Rhyne.


Prior to his experience as an assistant coach at LR, Crawford spent the previous two seasons at the University of Texas, serving as assistant video coordinator and technical assistant (2013-15). The Longhorns went to the NCAA Division I Tournament both years Crawford was on the staff.


Crawford and Odom first became acquainted when the Columbus, Ohio native served two years as graduate manager at Charlotte (2011-13) where he completed his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.


Crawford earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio State in 2011 in communication analysis and spent four years on the Buckeyes' Men's Basketball Staff as student manager.


Crawford was also Head Coach of Ohio Arsenals (17U Boys) in the Spring of 2010 and Columbus Mustang Ballers (16U Boys) in the Spring of 2011 in addition to coaching in over 50 basketball college camps and skill academies.


Griff Aldrich will serve on the staff as director of basketball operations.


Aldrich brings an extensive basketball and business background to UMBC. Most recently, he founded and coached HIS Hoops in Houston, Texas, establishing an elite basketball program for at-risk youth in Houston's Third Ward, one of the most impoverished areas within the city. Since the turn of the century, Aldrich has served as the head coach of various elite-level AAU basketball teams in the Houston area.   


Aldrich was a four-year letter-winner and team captain at Hampden-Sydney (Va.) College from 1992-96. He graduated magna cum laude in 1996 (B.A., economics, German) and earned a juris doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1999.


Aldrich served as an assistant coach at his alma mater in the 1999-200 season, where Hampden-Sydney posted a 26-2 record and earned No. 1 national ranking for most of the campaign.  


He practiced law in Houston and London, England from 2000-12 and also worked in the private industry before his move to Baltimore.