In his ninth year on staff at Mizzou is former Tiger standout linebacker Barry Odom. After serving for six seasons in various administrative roles, the former high school head coach took the opportunity to get back into the coaching side in February of 2009, when he was named the Tigers' new safeties coach by Head Coach Gary Pinkel.
A valuable part of the football program's operations since 2003, Odom showed his versatility when he jumped into recruiting responsibilities in December of 2008 to fill the void when former Tiger assistant Dave Christensen left to become head coach at the University of Wyoming just after MU's 2008 Alamo Bowl victory. Odom's hard work and personable nature helped secure the signings of several in-state standouts, as well as getting a late commitment from Louisiana's L'Damian Washington. He's also been the lead recruiter on a handful of signees with MU's 2010 recruiting class which was ranked 21st nationally by Rivals.com - marking the highest-ranked class in Tiger history.
The 2010 season saw the Tiger defense emerge as one of the most improved in the nation, as well as one of the top overall units in the Big 12 Conference. Despite playing against high-scoring Big 12 offenses each week, the Tigers led the Big 12 and ranked 6th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 16.08 points per game. Additionally, thanks to the play of his safeties, Mizzou ranked 11th nationally in pass efficiency defense, holding opposing quarterbacks to a rating of just 108.45.
Senior Jarrell Harrison emerged as a solid playmaker in 2010 under Odom's direction, and he closed the year by being named an honorable mention All-Big 12 performer.
In his first year on the coaching staff, Odom oversaw the rapid development in first-year junior college transfer Jasper Simmons into an instant impact player. Simmons earned honorable mention All-Big 12 status for his play in 2009, as he also received votes for the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Simmons ended his season ranking fourth on the team with 73 tackles, and added two forced fumbles, one recovered fumble and an interception which helped seal Mizzou's win against Big 12 North rival Iowa State.
Odom made the jump to the collegiate ranks in 2002 after spending three seasons at the high school level, including a very successful two-year stint as head coach at Columbia's Rock Bridge High School.
The 2008 season was Odom's second as Director of Football Operations, after handling the duties of Director of Football Recruiting for the previous two seasons. Prior to the 2007 season, he added assistant athletic director to his title. Some of the many duties he performed in that role included overseeing the coordination of the team's travel plans, oversight of the football budget, handling compliance issues, scheduling of facilities, assisting with recruiting operations and managing the day-to-day overall operations for the football program.
Odom also coordinated all public relations activities and community service events that required the presence of football student-athletes, and oversaw all organizational aspects from a football perspective related to Mizzou's 2007 Cotton Bowl and 2008 Alamo Bowl trips.
He also served a key role as part of the design and planning team for MU's $16 million expansion and renovation project of the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex which is the state-of-the-art day-to-day home for the Tiger football program.
Odom, a native of Maysville, Okla. who graduated from Ada High School, was a four-year letterman at linebacker for Mizzou from 1996-99. He was a key player on MU squads that went to bowl games in 1997 and 1998, and he ended his career ranked 5thon the school's career tackles list, with 362 stops.
Odom graduated from MU in December of 1999, and served as a development intern for the Tiger Scholarship Fund, assisting with various fund raising projects for Tiger Athletics while earning his Master's in education from MU. He returned to his home state of Oklahoma in July of 2000 to serve as an assistant coach for Ada High School, which finished that season as runners-up for a state championship.
Odom returned to Columbia in the spring of 2001 as head coach of Rock Bridge High School, and he quickly built the Bruins into a power, as they went 6-4 and won a conference championship that fall. He followed with an 8-4 campaign in 2002 that saw Rock Bridge reach the semifinals of the state championship playoffs.
Born Nov. 26, 1976 in Lawton, Okla., Odom and his wife, Tritia, were married in July of 2000. Tritia is a native of Kahoka, Mo., and is a graduate of MU's College of Human Environmental Sciences. The couple has two sons - James Trump Odom and Garyt Robert.