Ryan Odom
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Hampden-Sydney College
Graduating Year: 1996
Experience: 4 Years

Charlotte 49ers head men’s basketball coach Alan Major announced the hiring of Ryan Odom as assistant basketball coach, April 15, 2010. Now in his fourth year, Odom has played an integral role in helping the 49ers go from 10 wins to 21 wins while returning to postseason play with a bid to the NIT last season. Prior to joining the 49ers coaching staff, Odom spent seven years as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.

A 1996 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, Odom was a member of 2005 ACC Coach of the Year Seth Greenberg’s first staff at Virginia Tech.  In his seven years, the Hokies went to the 2007 NCAA Tournament and four National Invitation Tournaments.  He joined the Hokies after a three-year stint as an assistant to Jeff Jones at American University. Odom was responsible for the coordination of recruiting efforts and  assisted with the on-court development.  Before American, Odom spent one season as an assistant coach at UNC Asheville for head coach Eddie Biedenbach. Prior to that, he served two seasons as an assistant coach at Furman under Larry Davis and one season under Greenberg at South Florida as an administrative assistant.

“Ryan is one of the outstanding assistant coaches in the country,” Major said.  “He has a great feel for the state of North Carolina and the southeast region with strong ties in Virginia and North Carolina.”

Odom was a four-year starting point guard at Hampden-Sydney and served as team captain as a senior.  He helped the Tigers to an 80-30 overall record during his playing career and twice led teams to the NCAA Division III tournament.  He finished his career as Hampden-Sydney’s leading three-point shooter and was fourth all-time in assists.

"My family and I are so excited to be a part of Niner Nation,” said Odom, whose brother Lane coached for the 49ers for two years (1998-00).  “I have a family history here and I’m familar with the tradition.  It’s a great city and a great university and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

He and his wife, Lucia, have two sons, Connor and Owen. Odom is the son of Dave Odom, who retired in 2008 as the head coach at South Carolina.

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