HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – Hampden-Sydney basketball alumnus Ryan Odom '96 was honored this week as one of two Sportspersons of the Year by PressBox, a sports publication in Baltimore, in its 2018 Best of Baltimore Sports issue. Odom is in his third season as the men's basketball head coach at UMBC, and led the Retrievers to a school-record of 25-11 during 2017-18, earning him the 2018 Hugh Durham Award as the nation's top mid-major coach.
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UMBC won the 2018 America East Conference Tournament Championship before gaining the first victory ever by a No. 16 seed over a No. 1 seed in NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, defeating the overall top seed Virginia by a score of 74-54 last March 16 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The historic upset earned an ESPY nomination for the "Best Moment" of the year.
Odom was a four-year starting guard at Hampden-Sydney, serving as a team captain during his senior season. He helped the Tigers to an overall record of 79-31 during his career, including 51-21 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) regular season games, including the 1995 ODAC Tournament Championship and two berths in the NCAA Division III Tournament (1994, 1995). Odom was an All-ODAC Second Team selection as a senior, finishing his career as the program's career leader in three-point field goals (234), which still ranks among the top five, while ranked 29th in career scoring (1,162) and seventh in career assists (336). Ryan earned a bachelor's degree in economics at H-SC.