Retriever Activities Center Arena
The arena has a 4,024 spectator seating capacity and serves as the main competition venue for the men's and women's varsity basketball teams. The Arena contains chair-back seats on the lower level and bleacher-style seating on the mezzanine level.Continued.....
In April of 2016, UMBC Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced the hiring of Ryan Odom as UMBC’s new head men’s basketball coach. Odom becomes the ninth head men’s basketball coach in school history.
The marriage worked out quite well for the basketball and athletic programs and the entire UMBC community. Odom was the recipient of the 2017 Joe B. Hall Award, which is presented annually to the top first-year coach in Division I.
After finishing 7-25 last season, the new Retriever mentor led UMBC (21-13) to its first winning season since 2007-08, when the Retrievers went to the NCAA Tournament. The 21 wins are the second most in school history and UMBC finished the year as the nation’s third-most improved team, with a +13.0 mark, behind only Minnesota and UCLA.
Nate Dixon rejoins Ryan Odom’s staff after serving as the new Retriever bench boss’ associate head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne in 2015-16. He previously worked alongside Coach Odom at Charlotte.
Prior to his stint in Hickory, N.C., Dixon spent the previous four years with the 49’ers, where he served the team’s Technology and Scouting Assistant. He served for one year as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Wyoming (2010-11).
In all, Dixon has been a part of six conference championship teams – regular season and postseason combined – and helped lead four teams to the NCAA Tournament (two at Division I and two at Division II). Dixon has also been rated as one of the top mid-major assistants by both Basketball Times and HoopScoop Online.
New assistant basketball coach Eric Skeeters grew up just a few miles from the UMBC campus.
A standout point guard in basketball and a midfielder in lacrosse at Woodlawn High, Skeeters earned all-county honors in lacrosse during his playing days. He competed in both basketball and lacrosse throughout his athletic career that began as a youngster at St. Mark’s School in the Catonsville Midget League. A knee injury suffered at CCBC-Catonsville eventually ended his collegiate playing career.
A 1986 graduate of Woodlawn High School in Baltimore, Skeeters got his start in coaching as the junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at Baltimore’s St. Frances Academy from 1992-96 under coach William Wells. Skeeters also coached two prominent AAU teams in the Washington/Baltimore area, the DC Assault from 1995-96 and the Baltimore’s Best/Baltimore Select squads from 1992-94.
Bryce Crawford joins Head Coach Ryan Odom at UMBC after they worked together last season at Lenior-Rhyne.
Prior to his experience as an assistant coach at LR, Crawford spent the previous two seasons at the University of Texas, serving as assistant video coordinator and technical assistant (2013-15). The Longhorns went to the NCAA Division I Tournament both years Crawford was on the staff.
Crawford and Odom first became acquainted when the Columbus, Ohio native served two years as graduate manager at Charlotte (2011-13) where he completed his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.
Director of Recruiting/Program Development
Griff Aldrich joined the UMBC men’s basketball coaching staff in April 2016 and served as the Director of Basketball Operations during the 2016-17 season. Coach Odom tabbed Aldrich as the Director of Recruiting/Program Development in September of 2017.
Aldrich brings with him an extensive background in law, business and basketball, including approximately 15 years of coaching experience at the college, high school and AAU levels. He founded and coached the HIS Hoops program in Houston, Texas, establishing an elite, faith-based basketball program for at-risk youth in Houston’s Third Ward, one of the most impoverished areas within the city. In addition to HIS Hoops, Aldrich has served as the head coach of various elite-level AAU programs in the Houston area. His teams have included numerous future professional NBA, NFL and European athletes, including, among others, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Aldrich also served as an assistant coach at Division III power Hampden-Sydney College. During his tenure, Hampden-Sydney recorded a 26-2 record and No.1 national ranking from D3hoops.com. Aldrich coached or recruited two All-Americans and over 10 All-Conference performers at Hampden-Sydney. In addition, Aldrich played a key role in securing one of the most successful recruiting classes in program history. This class won 100 games during their careers and included a two-time All-American, five All-Conference honorees and the college’s valedictorian.