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  • Coach Odom was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2004. He and former Auburn and Clemson head coach Cliff Ellis are the only two in SEC and ACC history to be named Coach of the Year in both of the powerful conferences during their careers.
  • In 2004, Coach Odom led USC to the NCAA Tournament – his ninth visit as a head coach and his 15th visit overall. The Gamecocks, who lost in the SEC semi-finals to eventual winner Kentucky, fell 59-43 to Memphis in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. USC won the season-opening Guardians Classic with a 67-61 win over Richmond, as Tarence Kinsey was named the MVP.

? Led the Gamecocks to 12 victories prior to January, 2004, the most wins by a Carolina team ever prior to January.

? Coach Odom saw a player on the All-SEC team in Carlos Powell, a player on the SEC All-Freshman team in Renaldo Balkman and a player on the SEC Tournament team in Mike Boynton, Jr. – these three all in one year were a first for Odom.

? In its second year of the Colonial Center, USC averaged almost 17,100 for its eight-game SEC homestand – including a school record crowd of 18,000 to see the Gamecocks play Kentucky.

  • In 2002-03, opened The Carolina Center to record crowds, with the team finishing 11-4 at home, including a perfect 7-0 against non-conference teams.
  • Chuck Eidson broke the career steals record (272) and steals per game record (2.42 spg) at USC. He finished third on the SEC all-time list.

? In 2001-02, won more games (22) as a first-year South Carolina coach than any mentor in Gamecock history and led the Gamecocks to the NIT finals. No USC team prior to 2002 had ever been past the quarterfinals of either the NCAA or NIT post-season classics.

  • In 2002, led Carolina to a combined record of 6-2 in the NIT and SEC post-season classics, as USC advanced to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament with wins over eventual NCAA teams Ole Miss and Kentucky.
  • Prior to 2003, had led his last 12 teams to postseason appearances, including seven showings in the NCAA Championships.
  • Guided his last 11 Wake Forest teams to consecutive postseason appearances, including seven straight NCAA Tournament trips from 1991 through 1997.
  • Led the Deacons to eight NCAA appearances and three trips to the NIT, with Wake Forest capturing the 2000 NIT championship.
  • Wake Forest made eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament prior to Odom¹s arrival before to the 1989-90 season, and he equaled those eight appearances in his 12 years with the Deacons.
  • Prior to 2002, all-time, Wake Forest appeared in 21 postseason tournaments (NCAA and NIT). Eleven of those appearances (53 percent) came under Odom.
  • Had a 10-8 record in NCAA Tournament games while at Wake Forest, leading the Deacons to the Sweet 16 twice (1993, 1995) and the Elite Eight once (1996). He easily is the Wake Forest all-time leader in NCAA Tournament victories (Bones McKinney is second with six).
  • In 1995, 1996 and 1997, Wake Forest finished as one of the top 10 teams in the country, claiming the No. 3 spot in 1995, and the No. 9 position in both the 1996 and 1997 final polls. The 26-6 records of Oe95 and Oe96 were the best in school history, as well.
  • Wake Forest spent 10 weeks as the nation¹s No. 2-ranked team in 1997
  • Led Wake Forest to the 1995 and 1996 Atlantic Coast Conference championship and is one of only 11 coaches to lead teams to at least two ACC titles.
  • Was the 1995 National Coach of the Year.
  • Was named ACC Coach of the-Year in 1991, 1994 and 1995, becoming the first individual to receive that honor in consecutive seasons since Virginia¹s Terry Holland in 1981 and 1982.
  • Led the Deacons to finishes of fifth place or better in the Atlantic Coast Conference over each of the last nine seasons, a feat equaled by just North Carolina in that time period. In Odom¹s 12 years at Wake Forest, the Deacons finished fifth or higher in the standings 10 times.
  • Is second on the Wake Forest all-time wins list (240), winning more games in his 12 years than any other Deacon coach over a similar period of time. He accomplished this despite taking over a program that had suffered four-straight losing seasons prior to his arrival (1989-90 season).
  • His 240 overall victories in 12 seasons (average of 20 wins per season) at Wake Forest ranks eighth on the ACC overall wins listing. He finished the 2001 season third to Duke¹s Mike Krzyzewski and Maryland¹s Gary Williams on the active list.
  • Has a combined record of 507-321 (61.2 percent) in 27 seasons as an assistant coach or head coach on the college level, being a part of 19 postseason teams (including 14 NCAA Tournament teams).
  • Odom¹s 101 wins in ACC play are the most ever by a Deacon coach. He ranks ninth on the career ACC wins list and finished 2001 second to Mike Krzyzewski on the active list.

? Had an overall winning percentage of 64.5 percent while at Wake Forest (240-132), which was the best at the school in nearly a century, and he claimed .500 or better marks in ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament competition as well.

? He is a three-time winner of district coach of the year honors by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and twice he has been a National Association of Basketball Coaches award-winner on the district level.

? Since his only losing record at Wake Forest in 1990 (his first season), Odom¹s teams won more than two-thirds of their games, recording 228 victories (20.7 per year) the last 11 campaigns.

? His Wake Forest teams posted a remarkable 82-5 record at home against non-conference opponents, including a number of matchups against Top-20 nationally-ranked teams.

  • In his 12 seasons at Wake Forest, Odom¹s teams defeated 40 nationally-ranked teams, including 17 victories against Top 10 opponents. His teams also defeated seven Top 10 teams on the opponents¹ home floors.
  • Odom has also coached three players who have earned All-America honors, including 1997 consensus national player of the year Tim Duncan (1996, 1997), guard Randolph Childress (1996), and forward Rodney Rogers (1993).
  • Including his tenure at East Carolina, Odom¹s career coaching record is an impressive 312-205 (a 60.3 winning percentage). He achieved his 200th overall career win on February 12, 1997, in a 55-49 Wake Forest victory over Clemson; and win No. 300 in the NIT semifinal victory (66-59) over Syracuse.
  • He spent the summer of 1999 as an assistant coach on the USA Basketball Junior World Championship team. That team competed in Portugal in July and captured the silver medal at the FIBA Men¹s Junior World Championships.
  • Began his college coaching career as an assistant coach for three seasons under Carl Tacy at Wake Forest (1977-79). The Deacs were 53-33 during that time, including a 22-8 campaign in 1976-77 when they advanced to the NCAA Midwest Region finals, matching the school¹s farthest progress in postseason play in the past 35 years.
  • Odom became head coach at East Carolina in 1979, and led the Pirates to a 38-42 record in the difficult world of a Division I independent from 1980-82. His first Pirate squad, however, compiled a 16-11 record, the school¹s best since 1975.
  • Was an assistant coach under Terry Holland at Virginia (1983-89), where the team compiled a 142-83 (63.1 winning percentage) overall record during the seven years that Odom was involved in its program, making postseason appearances every year except 1988. Five of those seasons, the Cavaliers were among the NCAA championship field, including a trip to the Final Four in 1984.

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