Wake Forest announced this week that it will honor former men’s basketball coach Dave Odom with a banner in the rafters of the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The banner will go up during the game on February 19 against Georgia Tech, where the 1995 ACC Championship team is also being honored.
Another banner is headed to the rafters! Join us on Feb. 19 as Coach Dave Odom will be honored with a banner at the @LJVMColiseum!— Wake Basketball (@WakeMBB) January 23, 2020
Odom coached the Deacs from 1990-2001. He amassed 240 wins, won 2 ACC titles and made 8 NCAA appearances! #GoDeacs
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DYK: When @WakeMBB honors the great Dave Odom next month, he will become just the second coach to have a banner at the @LJVMColiseum, joining the late Skip Prosser. #GoDeacs pic.twitter.com/o3hgeZHDz3— Wake Forest Sports (@DemonDeacons) January 25, 2020
Odom’s teams won the 1995 ACC Regular Season Championship, 1995 and 1996 ACC Tournament Championships, and the 2000 National Invitational Tournament Championship. He is a three time ACC Coach of the Year, winning the award in 1991, 1994, and 1995.
During his tenure as coach from 1989 to 2001, Odom amassed 240 overall wins and 101 ACC wins. He has the second most overall wins in Wake Forest history behind only Murray Greason, who coached for 23 seasons, and the most ACC wins in Wake Forest history. Odom compiled 146 career victories in the LJVM Coliseum, making him the winningest coach in the history of the building.
Coach Odom had eleven consecutive postseason appearances, and his teams made a postseason tournament in 11 of his 12 seasons as head coach. The 1990-91 season under his leadership began a streak of 16 consecutive postseason appearances for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest made 7 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances under Odom, and made the NCAA tournament in 8 of his 12 seasons. He took the Deacs to three Sweet Sixteens and an Elite Eight during his time as head coach.
Odom led the Deacs to the only #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in school history in 1995.
His .645 overall winning percentage at Wake is third in school history, and his .537 ACC winning percentage is fifth in school history.
Dave Odom is certainly well deserving of this honor, and it is only fitting to honor him with a banner in the rafters. Congrats to Coach Odom, and Go Deacs!