Ryan Odom Named 2018 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year

Ryan Odom Named 2018 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year

SAN ANTONIO – Ryan Odom, UMBC head men's basketball coach, has been named the 2018 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.

Odom led UMBC to a 2018 America East Tournament title and a history-making NCAA Championships First Round victory. The Retrievers became the first-ever No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed with a 74-54 victory over Virginia on March 16 in Charlotte.  

UMBC also set a school record for victories (25) and Odom has amassed a mark of 46-24 in two seasons in Baltimore.  

He was selected from a distinguished group of 21 finalists from the nation's top mid-major programs in 2017-18.

"Ryan Odom has completely changed the landscape at UMBC," said CollegeInsider.com's Angela Lento. "Prior to his arrival in 2016, the Retrievers average just six wins per season over the previous seven seasons. He is one of the best young coaches in America."

The Hugh Durham Award is presented annually to the nation's top mid-major coach.  In eight seasons as the head coach at Jacksonville University, Durham became the Dolphins' all-time winningest Division I coach (106 wins), making him the only coach in NCAA history to be the winningest coach (pct. or wins) at three different Division I schools. 

Durham built national programs at Florida State where he holds the record for best winning percentage with a 230-95 (.708) record in 12 years and at Georgia where he is also the all-time winningest coach in the 99-year history of the Bulldog program, having won 297 games in 17 seasons.

It is the second straight year in which Odom has received a major award from CollegeInsider.com. In 2017, he earned the Joe B. Hall Award, as the nation's top first-year head coach.

Graduate student guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./De Matha) was tabbed to the Lou Henson All-America team.