Oct. 27, 2009
MAUI, Hawaii - The EA SPORTSTM Maui Invitational® announced today that longtime former ACC and SEC coach David Odom will assume the role of Tournament chairman currently held by David Gavitt. Gavitt, well-known in basketball circles as the first commissioner of the BIG EAST conference and as an instrumental member of the committee which created the 1992 Olympic Basketball "Dream Team," will remain active in a key advisory role as co-chairman emeriti, along with longstanding former chairman Wayne Duke. Building on this legacy of strong leadership, the Tournament will enter its 26th year of Basketball in Paradise® Nov. 23-25 at Maui's Lahaina Civic Center.
Odom's college basketball career spans more than 30 years and earned him three NIT Tournament Championships, two ACC Tournament Championships and one ACC Regular Season Championship, among coaching positions at East Carolina, Wake Forest and South Carolina. He also was on the bench as Virginia's assistant coach in 1982 when Division II Chaminade University of Honolulu defeated Virginia in what has become known as "The greatest upset in college basketball history." The legacy of that game was the inspiration for what is now the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Hosted by Chaminade.
Off the court, Odom served on the board of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and currently serves on the NCAA Ethics Committee. As part of the Operation Hardwood, Hoops for the Troops program, he has traveled to Kuwait and Afghanistan each summer since 2005 to coach a three-day basketball tournament for U.S. service men and women stationed in the Middle East.
Odom will be on-island at the 2009 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational as a strong field - including former national champions Arizona, Cincinnati, Maryland and Wisconsin join Gonzaga, Colorado, Vanderbilt and host Chaminade University - vies for the championship in the nation's premier early-season college basketball tournament.