Former Wake Forest and South Carolina head basketball coach Dave Odom has agreed to serve in a consulting role with the Southern Conference as Special Advisor for Basketball Strategies, the league announced today.
Odom, who retired from coaching in 2008, and currently serves as Tournament Chairman of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, will work with Commissioner John Iamarino, league basketball coaches and administrators to address such matters as non-conference scheduling, participation in exempt tournaments, the operation of the conference tournament and institutional recruiting efforts.
"Dave Odom is a highly-respected figure in college basketball and his focusing on strategies within the Southern Conference will strengthen us," said Iamarino. "Our ultimate goals are to place multiple teams in the NCAA Tournament for both the men and the women and improve the tournament seeds our champions receive. Dave's joining our team will help us reach those goals."
Odom, will continue his role as Tournament Chairman with the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, college basketball's premier early season tournament.
"I am excited that the Southern Conference and Commissioner Iamarino have given me the opportunity to work with the member institutions to enhance basketball within the league and help raise the profile nationally," said Odom.
Following a three-year stint as head coach at East Carolina and seven seasons as an assistant for Terry Holland at Virginia, Odom was named head coach at Wake Forest in 1989. He led the Demon Deacons to seven NCAA tournament appearances and three NIT berths in 12 years. His 1995-96 team, featuring Tim Duncan, reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. Odom was named Coach of the Year three times in the ACC.
In 2001, he took over the reins of the South Carolina Gamecocks and produced four 20-win seasons, winning two consecutive NIT championships. He was voted SEC Coach of the Year in 2003-04. A native of Goldsboro, N.C., Odom finished his coaching career with a record of 406-278.