In his fourth year on Quin Snyder’s staff at the University of Missouri is Assistant Coach Lane Odom.
Odom came to Columbia three years ago, and has been an integral part of the leadership that has guided Missouri to the NCAA Tournament three years in a row.
In addition to his recruiting and scouting duties, Odom works on the court with the Tiger perimeter players. Aiding in the development of perimeter players such as Rickey Paulding, Jimmy McKinney, and Kareem Rush, Odom has helped to create some of the best backcourts in the Big 12 Conference. The trend looks to continue this year, as Paulding polishes his game entering his Senior campaign and a host of newcomers promise to add something special on the perimeter.
Prior to Mizzou, Odom had spent the past 11 years as an assistant at Wake Forest (1990), Alabama (1991-95), East Carolina (1996-98), and most recently North Carolina-Charlotte (1999-2000).
A veteran of eight NCAA Tournaments, Odom has been a part of teams which have reached the postseason in nine of his last 12 years. In 1991, he joined in Alabama’s run to the “Sweet Sixteen.”
Odom, 36, came to Mizzou from North Carolina-Charlotte, where he spent the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. In two years with the 49ers, Odom helped the program to back-to-back post-season bids. In 1998-99, the 49ers captured the Conference USA Tournament Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In 1999-2000, the 49ers reached the NIT.
Well-respected on the recruiting scene, Odom helped build top-25 classes in each of his two years at UNCC, including his last class there, which was ranked as high as 15th nationally by one publication.
In Odom’s two seasons at UNCC, the 49ers averaged 20 wins per year, posting a 40-27 record.
Odom spent three years as an assistant coach at East Carolina (1996-98), and helped the Pirates assemble a recruiting class in 1998 that was ranked in the top-25 by several recruiting experts.
His duties there included recruiting, on-floor coaching, scheduling and scouting. He handled similar responsibilities at Alabama as well as various administrative assignments, including academic monitoring and coordination of the Alabama Basketball Camp. He served on the Crimson Tide staff as a graduate assistant (1990-91) before being promoted to an assistant coach (1992-95) and moved to East Carolina in 1995. He was also a volunteer assistant at Wake Forest for the 1989-90 season.
In five years at Alabama, Odom worked with teams that went a combined 105-42, which included one SEC Championship (1991), four NCAA Tournament appearances (a “Sweet Sixteen” in 1991, and three second-round finishes in 1992, ‘94 and ‘95) and a 1993 NIT berth. Among the Alabama players he coached in his time in Tuscaloosa were Robert Horry, Latrell Sprewell, James Robinson, Jason Caffey, Antonio McDyess and Roy Rogers — all NBA players.
Odom’s coaching experience also includes stints as an assistant coach at Winston-Salem Reynolds High (1989-90) and as an instructor at the Five Star Camps in Radford, Va. (1986-90).
The son of South Carolina Head Coach Dave Odom, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from High Point University in 1989, where he lettered two seasons with the Panthers’ basketball team. As a prep player, Odom was a two-year basketball letterwinner at Charlottesville (Va.) Albemarle High School where he also lettered in baseball, tennis and cross country.
Odom’s younger brother, Ryan (27), is an assistant coach at American University.
Born April 19, 1967 in Goldsboro, N.C., Odom is married to the former Cameron Capel. They were married in August of 2000, and have a daughter, Cameron Atkins, born May 3, 2001.