H-SC alum leads UMBC into history

Published 12:19 pm Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ryan Odom, pictured above, made a significant addition over the weekend to the list of things one is capable of doing with a Hampden-Sydney College (H-SC) degree. Odom, a 1996 H-SC graduate, is the head coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and he led the Retrievers to a win for the ages Friday night. They became the first No. 16 seed in the history of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament to defeat a No. 1 seed. Not only was the University of Virginia a No. 1 seed, but it was the No. 1 overall seed, and by the end of Friday’s game, UMBC had made it into a blowout, winning 74-54. The Retrievers were again competitive in the next round but fell 50-43 Sunday night against No. 9 Kansas State University. UMBC finished the 2017-18 season with a record of 25-11.

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