UMBC Events Center
The Events Center has a 4,586 spectator seating capacity and serves as the main competition venue for the men's and women's basketball teams.
In April of 2016, UMBC Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced the hiring of Ryan Odom as the ninth head men’s basketball coach in school history. It’s safe to say that that the marriage has worked out quite well for a growing #RetrieverNation, in addition to positively impacting the pride of the Baltimore metropolitan and Mid-Atlantic regions.
In his second year at the helm, Odom and his staff brought the program and the university to a place that even the most ardent Retriever supporter would have thought was impossible. In a six-day span, UMBC won an America East Conference title at prohibitive favorite Vermont and followed up by engineering the first victory for a No. 16 seed over a No. 1 seed in NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament history. UMBC overwhelmed the tournament’s top overall seed, Virginia, 74-54, in Charlotte, N.C., earning an ESPY nomination for the “Best Moment” of the year.
The Retrievers won a school-record 25 games (25-11) and Odom earned the 2018 Hugh Durham Award as the nation’s top mid-major coach. Baltimore multi-media entity, Press Box tabbed Odom, along with graduate student guard Jarius Lyles as Sportspersons of the Year.
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.
Matt Henry was tabbed as assistant men’s basketball coach at UMBC in August, 2018. Henry just completed his fifth season at St. Peter’s, helping head coach John Dunne complete a tremendous revitalization of the Peacock program.
During the 2016-17 season, Henry helped guide the Peacocks to a historical run by claiming the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) title, the programs first-ever national postseason tournament championship. Saint Peter’s became the second MAAC team ever to win a national postseason tournament and the first team from New Jersey to win a national postseason tournament title since Princeton in the 1975 NIT. The Peacocks closed out the season winning 11 out of their last 12 games and finished the season with a 23-13 overall record, which was tied for the second most wins in a single season by a Peacock team, and a 14-6 MAAC record, the most conference wins ever in a single season by a Peacock team. The team also finished the MAAC regular season in second place, the highest finish by a Peacock team since the 1988-89 season.
Over the course of Henry’s five seasons in Jersey City, the Peacocks posted six wins in the MAAC Tournament and made three trips into the MAAC semifinals in 2015, 2017 and 2018. With Henry on staff, Saint Peter’s recorded wins against Rutgers and Seton Hall after a thrilling 83-80 overtime win against Seton Hall in 2013-14 and a 68-50 win against Rutgers in 2014-15.
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.
UMBC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ryan Odom announced the appointment of Colby Lewis as the program’s new Director of Recruiting/Program Development. Lewis replaces Griff Aldrich, who was named Longwood University’s new head men’s basketball coach in late March.
“I’m excited about the addition of Colby Lewis to our staff,” Odom said. “From the day I first met Colby in Charlotte, it was apparent that he had a passion for basketball and serving others. Colby understands and is committed to our culture at UMBC and he will bring a winning mentality every day.”
Lewis just completed his fourth season as a member of the Charlotte 49ers’ coaching staff and his third campaign as the video coordinator. He served as the 49ers men’s basketball program’s associate director of operations for the 2014-15 season. Lewis joined the coaching staff after spending the 2013-14 season as a graduate manager with the 49ers men’s basketball program.