For new Utah Condition basketball coach Ryan Odom, making, and advancing in the NCAA Tournament is the new regular

Odom states he wants the Aggies to be a Prime 25 crew “year in and calendar year out” and wishes to integrate a style of perform and routine with eyes on profitable games in the Major Dance.

(Photo courtesy of Utah State Athletics) New Utah State basketball coach Ryan Odom lays out his plan for the Aggie application during his introductory push conference on April 7, 2021.

Ryan Odom’s journey to turn into the new men’s basketball mentor at Utah State commenced 21 years ago.

Odom and his then-girlfriend Lucia chose to holiday in Utah to commit some time jointly. For the duration of that vacation, he popped the issue, she claimed indeed and they started off their daily life with each other.

“It’s appear whole circle for us,” Odom claimed through his introductory push convention. “We’ve been on this journey jointly. I wouldn’t be standing in this article if it wasn’t for her as very well and her inclined to go on this journey with me.”

That journey has taken Odom around the southern and eastern elements of the United States, from assistant position to assistant job, at some point to head coaching in 2015. After 7 years of primary teams, he’s back in Utah, this time for a considerably for a longer period time.

Odom signed a five-calendar year deal worth just shy of $4 million. If Utah Point out decides to finish the agreement at any level, the college owes him 75% of what is remaining on the offer. If Odom terminates the settlement in Yr 1 or 2, he owes USU 50% of the prorated amount remaining on the agreement. If he does so involving 12 months 3 and 5, he owes USU 35%

Utah State Athletic Director John Hartwell said Odom swiftly distinguished himself as “the correct guy” to not only manage the results the Aggies have savored in new many years, but broaden it.

“It’s not about obtaining to the NCAA Tournament,” Hartwell said. “It’s [about] winning video games in the NCAA Tournament. This male has finished it right before. He knows how to do it.”

Odom manufactured a name for himself in 2018 when his previous team, the College of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers, as a No. 16 seed conquer the No. 1 seed Virginia. It was the very first time in NCAA historical past that a No. 16 beat a No. 1.

Previous Aggies coach Craig Smith, who is now coaching at the University of Utah, led the Aggies to 3 consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, but only played two video games soon after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 tournament. The Aggies missing both online games.

Odom’s only appearance at the Division I level was that 2018 upset acquire.

Odom claimed he chose Utah Point out simply because of its storied history in basketball. He desires the Aggies to be a Major 25 workforce “year in and yr out” and progress in the NCAA Event. He also said he needs to be “the most efficient workforce in the Mountain West.”

“We have the assist listed here in order to do that,” Odom mentioned. “It’s on us to get it done, and which is what we’ll get the job done toward every single working day.”

Odom spoke in generalities when it arrived to when he will round out his coaching staff and how he will technique recruiting for the upcoming time. But he did say that he does not contemplate the situation a rebuild.

Odom wishes to be efficient at the two ends of the court, he said — stingy and audio on protection and scoring by way of 3-pointers, layups and absolutely free throws. He also wishes to perform rapidly with various ball-handlers and playmakers attempting to hit the open up guy.

“I consider my design and style of coaching suits the way the roster is set for correct now,” Odom explained.

When it arrives to scheduling, it appears Odom will use a very similar tactic as Smith, who appreciated to participate in games towards tougher nonconference opponents in buy to prime USU for robust performances in its convention.

“We’re heading to make positive that we’re scheduling for the NCAA Event below at Utah State,” Odom explained. “And the only way you do that is to play really very good competitors.”